Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month
Eastern Purple Bladderwort
Eastern Purple Bladderwort is an aquatic carnivorous plant commonly found in Florida wetlands, swamps, and shallow bodies of water. Similar to Venus fly traps, insect prey will brush up against the sensitive hairs on the flower which trigger the plant to close. After closing the plant releases digestive enzymes which break down the prey.
Flowers of this plant are pale-purple, almost violet. The lower lip of the flower bears a white patch with a bright yellow center. Flowers are small, only about a half an inch long, but the plant itself can reach heights of 6 inches or so. Leaves have a lacy appearance are arranged in whorls around the stem, they are typically submerged in the water.
Learn more about the plant characteristics here: https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-utricularia-purpurea/
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