Hairy Bladderwort
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Hairy Bladderwort
A Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Hairy Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia hirta    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Utricularia setacea, Utricularia tayloriana

Hairy Bladderwort is an insectivorous herb with rhizoids up to 6 mm long. Flower-racemes are up to 12 cm long, erect, thread-like, round, simple or branched, densely hairy throughout, 1-4- flowered; scales similar to bracts; bracts about 0.8 mm long, linear-lanceate, hairy, pointed at tip; bracteoles more or less equal to bracts in length, hairy. Flowers are up to 7 mm long; flower-stalks 1-2 mm long, erect, round. Sepals are nearly equal, about 1.5 x 1 mm ovate, hairy, blunt to notched at tip, rarely lower lobe splits into two. Flowers are pink to light violet; upper lip up to 3 mm long, oblong, constricted at middle, notched at tip; lower lip about 3 x 3 mm, obovate, slightly 3-lobed, raised at base; spur 3-5 mm long, subulate, horizontal or slightly curved upwards, constricted at middle, pointed at tip. Stamens are about 1 mm long. Foliar organs are up to 1.5 cm, linear, 1-nerved, glandular, blunt at tip. Traps are about 0.3 mm across, nearly spherical; stalk short; mouth lateral; appendages of three fused processes, the one on upper lip subulate, 2 laterals wing-like with gland tipped processes. Hairy Bladderwort is found in India to SE Asia. Flowering: August-January.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Narthamalai, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu.

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