Striped Bladderwort
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Striped Bladderwort
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Striped Bladderwort • Marathi: चिरॆपापणी Chire-papni
Botanical name: Utricularia striatula    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Utricularia orbiculata, Utricularia rosulata, Utricularia glochidiata

Striped Bladderwort is a small insectivorous herb, 5-10 cm tall, growing on wet rocks and tree trunks. Filament-like stems are creeping. Leaves appear in small rosettes at the base, 3 mm, circular, with leaf-stalk 3-5 mm. Creeping stems have bladders attached. Flowers appear on erect filament-like scapes, 3-10 cm long. Scale-like bracts are attached on the scape. Flowers are 2-lipped. Lower lip is almost circular, 5-lobed, with a violet and a white stripe. Base of the lip has a yellow spot. Spur is 5 mm long. It is occasionally found on vertical wet rock faces on the hills and slopes of Western Ghats. It is also found in Eastern Himalayas, at altitudes of 400-3600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar, Prashant Awale Photographed at Lohagad Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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