Utricularia subulata L.

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Utricularia subulata

Photo: Bart Wursten

Utricularia subulata

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Utricularia rendlei Lloyd
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial carnivorous herb with very numerous, spherical to ovoid, stalked traps, 0.2-0.5 mm long. Leaves linear, 1-2 cm long, single-veined. Inflorescence erect up to 25 cm long. Corolla 2-lipped, 6-10 mm long, yellow; upper lip broadly ovate, 2-3 × as long as the upper calyx lobe; lower lip deeply 3-lobed; spur subulate, parallel and more or less as long as the lower lip. Fruit a spherical capsule, 1-1.5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: subulata: flat and narrow, tapering from the base to a sharp tip, subulate
Habitat: In wet peaty or sandy soils in grassland.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical and South Africa, Madagascar, North and South America and India to Australia.
Botswana distribution: N
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Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 196.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 80.

Taylor, P. (1988). Lentibulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 26 - 28. (Includes a picture).

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

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

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: Species information: Utricularia subulata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152880, retrieved 25 June 2024

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