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.

Malawi: 14 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
appendiculata E.A. BruceN
arenaria A.DC.CDescription, Image
firmula Oliv.N,C,S
inflexa Forssk.N,S
livida E. Mey.N,SDescription, Image
odontosepala Stapf N
pentadactyla P. TaylorSDescription, Image
podadena P. Taylor[NrEnd]S
prehensilis E. Mey.N,C
pubescens Sm. N
scandens Benj.N
stellaris L.f.C,SDescription, Image
subulata L.N,CDescription, Image
welwitschii Oliv.N

Other sources of information about Utricularia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Utricularia
Flora of Caprivi: 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, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Utricularia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1320, retrieved 28 September 2023

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