ZIGZAG BLADDERWORT (Utricularia subulata)

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

EXTREMELY tiny, easily overlooked terrestrial, carnivorous plant. This one was in a pathway which recently was under some water.

Second view:

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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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3506

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/like-bladderworts-that-depends.html

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