Kumaon Bladderwort
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Kumaon Bladderwort
A Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Kumaon Bladderwort
Botanical name: Utricularia kumaonensis    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)
Synonyms: Diurospermum album

Kumaon Bladderwort is small annual carnivorous plant that grows on rocks, other plants or on the ground. Leaves are few, in a rosette at the base of flowering stem, stalked, hairless. Leaves are broadly obovate, round, or kidney-shaped, 2-6 x 1.5-3 mm. Inflorescences are erect, 2-7 cm, 1-3-flowered, hairless. Flower-stalks are erect at anthesis but decurved in fruit, round, 2-6 mm, thread-like. Lower sepal is oblong, much smaller than upper sepals; upper sepal intervet-heart-shaped, about 2 mm, base rounded, tip deeply 2-parted. Flowers are white, with a basal yellow spot and mauve lobes on lower lip, 3-5 mm; lower lip nearly round, 5-lobed, middle lobe much larger than lateral lobes. Kumaon Bladderwort is found in the Himalayas, NW Yunnan, Bhutan, N Myanmar, Nepal, at altitudes of 2600-2700 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Dzongri, West Sikkim.

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