Climbing Bladderwort
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Climbing Bladderwort
A Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Climbing Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia scandens    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Utricularia capillacea, Utricularia wallichii, Utricularia volubilis

Climbing Bladderwort is a herb with rhizoids up to 1.5 cm long, branches up to 1 mm, papillose; runners up to 3 cm long, thread-like, profusely branched. Flower-racemes are up to 25 cm long, twining, rarely erect in smaller ones, hairless, 1-9-flowered with sterile bracts present in between fertile ones; bracts 1-1.5 mm long, broadly ovate, tapering; bracteoles 0.3-1.4 mm long, linear to lanceshaped. Flowers are 5-12 mm long; flower-stalks 1-5 mm long, erect, winged. Sepals are 2-3 x 1.1-3 mm ovate; upper sepal pointed to tapering at tip; lower one bi- or tritoothed at tip. Flowers are yellow; upper lip 2-3 mm long, obovate to oblong, constricted near middle, a crest running across at middle, blunt to notched at tip; lower lip 3-6.5 x 2.5- 3 mm, more or less obovate, hairy in throat, gibbous at base, rounded or shallowly notched at tip; spur 2-6 mm long, subulate or rarely conical, pointed and curved at tip. Stamens are about 1 mm long. Foliar organs are up to 15 x 1 mm, linear, 1-nerved, pointed or rounded at tip. Traps are about 1 mm across, more or less spherical; stalk glandular, often columnar growth present near base; mouth basal; appendages 2, simple, subulate. Climbing Bladderwort is found in Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar, Indian Subcontinent to China and Peninsula Malaysia, New Guinea. Flowering: All year.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kollimalai-Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

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