Alternative names: Not Applicable
Annual or perennial carnivorous herbs, aquatic or of wet places, with roots fibrous or absent; leaves radical, or alternate or verticillate on stolons.
Inflorescence a raceme or flowers solitary-scapose; flowers zygomorphic, bisexual; calyx lobes 2, 4 or 5, persistent; corolla 2-lipped, the lower lip usually spurred; stamens 2, connivent, inserted at the base of the upper corolla lip; anther cells 2, often more or less confluent; ovary superior, 2-carpellate, 1-celled; ovules few to many on a free basal placenta; style usually short; stigma 2-lipped.
Fruit a capsule, 1-many-seeded, valvate, circumscissile or indehiscent.
3 genera with about 280 species, cosmopolitan but mainly in the tropics.
Prepared by P. Taylor