Lazuli Bladderwort
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Lazuli Bladderwort
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Lazuli Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia lazulina    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)

Lazuli Bladderwort is beautiful bladderwort with flowers the color of Lapis Lazuli, the precious stone. Flowers are blue-violet, 8-10 mm long, upper lip oblong, slightly constricted below the middle, lower lip prominent bigibbous swellings at base, spur spoon-shaped, slightly curved with pointed tip. Sepals are slightly unequal; upper ovate, acute; lower slightly longer. Flowering stems are up to 12 cm high, 1-4-flowered, erect, bracts basifixed. Flower-stalks are 2-5 mm long, erect in flower, spreading in fruit. It is a terrestrial herb with obovate to inverted-lanceshaped leaves, up to 8 mm long, traps subglobose. Capsules are ovoid, about 2 mm long. Seeds obovoid, net-veined. Lazuli Bladderwort is common during rainy season on wet laterite rocks. It is endemic to the Western Ghats, reported from Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Shivaprakash Nedle
Photographed in Goa & Udupi, Karnataka.
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