Friday, July 21, 2023

Beautiful Bladderwort

This exquisitely beautiful and sunny common bladderwort has the unfortunate scientific name of Utricularia vulgaris. Vulgar it is not, but the reference is to its common-ness.

And as for Utricularia, well,  Merriam Webster says:

a large widely distributed genus of aquatic plants (family Lentibulariaceae) having saclike ascidia that serve as animal traps, floating stems with finely dissected leaves, and scapose often showy flowers with a very irregular spurred bilabiate corolla.
(Merriam Webster)

Saclike ascidia! Scapose flowers! Irregular spurred bilabiate corolla! Okay. To me the flower in profile looks like the cartoon character Daffy Duck.

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