ZIGZAG BLADDERWORT (Utricularia subulata)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ZIGZAG BLADDERWORT (Utricularia subulata)

EXTREMELY tiny, easily overlooked terrestrial, carnivorous plant. I found this one in the culvert by my driveway which is currently dry. about 2 inches tall (stem included).

Learn: http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/abstracts/botany/Utricularia_subulata.pdf

“If conditions are not ideal, this species will not produce its little yellow flowers. Instead it produces tiny spherical flowers that have no petals! These globular little things are called cleistogamous flowers (meaning they are closed, hidden, without petals). Sealed from pollinators, they self pollinate and subsequently open and spill forth precious seed…” (source: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq5658.html)

The following photo will give you a closer look at the stem.

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