Nov. 19, 2020

horned bladderwort, Utricularia cornuta

Horned bladderwort is one of the showier of its kind.  The flowers are about three quarters of an inch long.  It's not unusual to see them in large patches on mucky shores or in bogs.  Bladderworts have no roots.  The leaves are all at the base, and inhabit the mud or water the plant lives in.  The leaves have small rounded traps with openings that can close very quickly to trap small animals.  They also are often home to microorganisms that also provide nutrients.  Both of those food sources help the plants survive in low nutrient, extreme pH situations.  Horned bladderworts grow in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL(E), IN(T), KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH(E), PA, RI, SC, TN(S), TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM.  Wilderness State Park, Emmet Co MI, 7/13/11.  Bladderwort family, Lentibulariaceae.