East-Himalayan Bladderwort
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East-Himalayan Bladderwort
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: East-Himalayan Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia brachiata    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)

East-Himalayan Bladderwort is a small perennial carnivorous plant that grows on rocks. Leaves are few, from tuber, hairless; leaf blade kidney-shaped, 1-3 cm x 2.5-6 mm, membranous, base heart-shaped and narrowed onto long leaf-stalk, margin entire, tip rounded to notched. Flowers are borne in erect, 3-8 cm, 1- or 2-flowered clusters. Flower-cluster-stalk is round, 0.2-0.4 mm thick. Flower-stalks are spreading, 2-8 mm, thread-like, dorsiventrally compressed. Sepals are 3-4 mm, hairless; lower lobe oblong, much smaller than upper lobe, tip notched; upper lobe round, tip notched. Flowers are white, with a yellow spot at base of lower lip and violet streaks on upper lip; lower lip nearly round, distinctly 5-lobed; spur narrowly cylindric, 2 or more times as long as upper sepal, tip blunt; palate with a slightly raised rim, fringed with moniliform hairs; upper lip much shorter than upper sepal, tip 2-lobed. East-Himalayan Bladderwort is found in forests among bryophytes on rocks, at altitudes of 2600-4200 m, from Nepal to NE India to Myanmar. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Krishnapriya M P Photographed in Dzongri, West Sikkim.

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