Tiny Bladderwort
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Tiny Bladderwort
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Tiny Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia praeterita    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)

Tiny Bladerwort is a very small carnivorous plant that is found in Western Ghats. Leaves spathulate-linear, 3-nerved. Traps are globose, mouth basal with 2 simple subulate glandular appendages. Flower racemes are erect, slightly grooved. Scales and bracts are basifixed, one-nerved. Flowers are violet, upper lip oblong constricted near middle. Lower lip is obovate, hairy in throat, unigibbous at base. spur descending, pointed at tip. Capsule is ovoid, testa net-veined, elongated. The species is assessed as Near Threatened, endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: July-January.

Identification credit: Milind Sardesai
Photographed in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
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