Minute Bladderwort
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Minute Bladderwort
A Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Minute Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia minutissima    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Utricularia lilliput, Utricularia pygmaea, Utricularia nigricaulis

Minute Bladderwort is a small, annual, terrestrial herb, with rizoids few to many, capillary, simple, 1 cm long, Flower-racemes are 2-8 cm long, erect, hairless, reddish-brown 1-4 flowered. Bracts basifixed, narrowly ovate, pointed at tip; bracteoles linear-ovate, ovate, 1-nerved, up to 0.8mm long, Bracts and bracteoles not longer than the flower-stalk, flower-stalks up to 0.5 mm long, Flowers are about 4 mm long, Sepals are nearly equal, 2.0-3.5 mm long, ovate to obovate, hairless or rarely papillose. Flower 0.6-1.0 cm long, violet, pink or white; upper lip narrowly oblong-elliptic to obovate, lower lip narrowly 3-lobed, 1.3 x 2 mm, spur subulate, somewhat pointed, straight, usually much longer than and parallel rounded or notched at tip notched at tip, 2,5mm long, Stolons are few up to 2 cm long, linear to narrowly oblong 3-6 x 0.3 mm., sparsely branched, Foliar organs are up to 15 mm long, linear, 1- nerved, glandular and round at base, rounded at tip. Leaves are few, linear, up to 3 cm long and 0.8 mm wide, glandular or round at base, rounded at tip. Traps on the vegetative organs are numerous, stalked, broadly ovoid, 0.2- 0.3 mm long, mouth lateral, upper lip with a solitary multicellular subulate appendage, lower lip with two, lateral, wing-like appendages of radiating rows of gland-tipped processes. Minute Bladderwort is found in S. Central Japan, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Narthamalai-Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu.

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