7901.000 Utricularia L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, terrestrial or aquatic, usually bearing filiform root-like organs (rhizoids) at the base. Stem-like stolons arise at the base of the peduncle and bear leaves, inflorescences and bladder like traps. Leaves in terrestrial species mostly erect, entire, linear to circular; in the aquatic species usually dichotomously divided into capillary segments. Traps spherical or ovoid with a trap door or mouth and various diverse appendages. Flowers in bracteate racemes, rarely solitary, borne on capillary peduncles. Calyx lobes 2, usually accrescent. Corolla 2-lipped; upper lip 2(-3-lobed; lower much longer with a raised palate, spurred. Stamens 2. Fruit a spherical or ovoid capsule, dehiscent in various ways, rarely indehiscent. Seeds usually minute.

Worldwide: 180 species, cosmopolitan, mainly tropical.

Botswana: 12 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arenaria A.DC.NDescription, Image
australis R.Br.
benjaminiana Oliv.
cymbantha Oliv.
foliosa L.
gibba L.
inflexa Forssk.
reflexa Oliv.
scandens Benj.N
stellaris L.f.NDescription, Image
subulata L.NDescription, Image
tortilis Oliv.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Utricularia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Utricularia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Utricularia
Flora of Malawi: Utricularia
Flora of Mozambique: Utricularia
Flora of Zambia: Utricularia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Utricularia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Utricularia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Utricularia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Utricularia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Utricularia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Utricularia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Utricularia
JSTOR Plant Science: Utricularia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Utricularia
Plants of the World Online: Utricularia
Tropicos: Utricularia
Wikipedia: Utricularia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Utricularia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1320, retrieved 25 June 2024

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