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Family: Lentibulariaceae
Utricularia dichotoma

Citation: Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 1:11 (1804).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Purple bladderwort, fairies apron.

Inflorescence 10-50 cm high; leaves loosely rosulate and scattered on stolons, narrowly linear to narrowly obovate, petiolate, 0.3-10 cm long, up to 5 mm wide; traps 1-5 mm long, numerous on the stolons.

Flowers 2-9 in whorls of 2 or 3, sometimes reduced to 1 flower and an aborted bud; pedicels filiform, 1.5-15 mm long; bracts and bracteoles more or less medifixed but usually only very shortly produced below, 1.5-2 mm long; calyx lobes unequal, the upper orbicular, 2-5 mm long, the lower smaller, ovate with a 2-fid apex; corolla purple with conspicuous yellow ridges at the base of the lower lip, 1-2 cm long, the upper lip obovate with apex truncate or emarginate, the lower lip much larger, broadly flabellate with apex rounded or obscurely 3-lobed; spur broadly conical, obtuse, shorter than the lower lip.

Capsule globose, 4-5 mm diam.; seeds obovoid, c. 0.5 mm long, the testa conspicuously reticulate.

image of FSA3_Utricularia_dic.jpg Stolon with medifixed bracts, trap and flower.
Image source: fig. 607B in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Erickson (1968) Plants of prey, pl. 16, 6 & 17, 9; Rotherham et al. (1975) Flowers and plants of New South Wales and southern Queensland, fig. 98.

Distribution:  Swamps and bogs.

  W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — April.

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Biology: No text

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