Photographer: Paul Skawinski
Utricularia vulgaris L.
Common bladderwort, great bladderwort
Utricularia: from Latin utriculus, "a small bag or bladder," the common name of which is bladderwort
vulgaris: Latin for "common"
|Plant: ||perennial, floating aquatic; stems leafy, loosely floating just below the water surface|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-parted, 3/4" long, 2 lipped, lower lip with sickle-like spur facing forward; inflorescence 6-20 stalked flowers in a cluster (raceme) on a sagging stalk held above the water, 1-several bracts below the cluster; blooms June-Aug.|
|Leaf:||finely divided, leaf-like branches forking 3-7 times, no midrib, alternate; many bladders, young bladders greenish and transparent, older ones dark brown to black|
|Habitat: ||lakes, ponds, ditches|