White-Blue Bladderwort
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White-Blue Bladderwort
ative Photo: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar
Common name: White-Blue Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia albocaerulea    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)

White-Blue Bladderwort is a carnivorous perennial herb, found growing in damp soil and on wet rocks. Flowers are 9-13.5 mm long, pinkish blue or occasionally almost white, yellow in throat, papillose. Upper lip is 4.5-6 x 3-4.5 mm, obovate, notched to flat at tip. Lower lip is must larger, 9-13 x 11-15 mm, ovate to obovate, hairy along throat, white and bigibbous at base, flat to ntched at tip. Spur is 6-9 mm long, conical, slightly curved, pointed at tip. Stamens are 1.5-2.2 mm long. Pistil is 1.5-2.2 mm long, ovary compressed, ovoid; style distinct, stigma 2-lipped. Flower racemes are up to 15 cm long, 0.8-1 mm thick, erect, simple, grooved, winged, 1-3-flowered.. Flower-stalks are 6-12 mm long, winged, recurved in fruit. Sepals are ovate, nearly equal, upper 3.8-4.5 x 3-4 mm, long-pointed, rarely 3-toothed at tip, lower sepal 3.2-4 x 2.5-3.4 mm, 2-toothed at tip. Stems (stolons) are 2-5 cm long, capillary, about 0.2 mm thick, branched. Leaves are up to 10 x 4 mm, linear to spoon-shaped, at scape-base and on stolons, 3-nerved, nerves branched further. Traps are 1-1.5 mm across, subdimorphic, those on foliar organs large, elsewhere small, subglobose. Capsules are about 4.5 x 3 mm, compressed, ovate to circular in out line. . White-Blue Bladderwort is endemic to the Western Ghats Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Sameer Patil
Photographed in Belgaum, Karnataka.
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