Creeping Bladderwort
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Creeping Bladderwort
P Native Unknown Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Creeping Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia gibba    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Utricularia exoleta, Utricularia gibba subsp. exoleta, Utricularia biflora

Creeping Bladderwort is an aquatic carnivorous plant. The species name gibba stands for "hump" or "swelling", alluding to the inflated base of the lower lip of the flowers. Inflorescence is erect, 2-15 cm long, solitary or fascicled. Flowers are yellow, upper lip about 3 x 3 mm, round to ovate, flat or rounded at tip; lower lip about 2.7 x 2.5 mm, round to broadly ovate, swollen at base, rounded, flat or rarely 3-lobed at tip; spur as long as lower lip, conical, glandular within, blunt or notched at tip. Ovary is spherical, style short but distinct. Leaves are up to 1 cm long, simple or 1-3 times dichotomously divided from base or at a short distance from base; ultimate leaf segments few, slightly compressed or round, sparsely setulose along margins. Capsule is spherical, 2-3 mm long, firm in texture, laterally bivalvate. Creeping Bladderwort is found worldwide in the paleotropics. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith, C. Rajasekar Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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