Utricularia foveolata Species Profile

Utricularia foveolata Species Profile

Utricularia foveolata is a terrestrial bladderwort that grows in tropical Australia, Asia and Africa. The species is known for its twining habit where it wraps it flower stalks around other plants for support.

The species has small blueish purple flowers around half a centimetre long. The upper corolla lip is rounded and sometimes divided into two lobes. The lower corolla lip is bulbous with broad white ridges near the center and is sometimes shallowly divided into three lobes near the extremity. The spur is distinctively broad and triangular, and proportionally large to the rest of the bloom. Several flowers are borne sequentially on the long stem. This stem twines along other plants such as sedges to elevate the blooms.

In Australia, the species is widespread across the Northern Territory and in the Hinterland around Cairns, QLD. It is often difficult to spot the species, as it occupies small patches of habitat in vast suitable environments. I found the plants on a shallow pool in a small rocky seepage that emanated from a sides of a creek-eroded valley.

The species is most similar to U. circumvoluta which shares the twining habit and similar floral morphology (U. circumvoluta has yellow blooms whereas that of U. foveolata are blue). It is also fairly similar to U. uliginosa in coloration but that species does not strongly twine.

Front view of bloom

Side view of bloom
Two scapes of U. foveolata entwined around each other
U. foveolata wrapped around a grass for support.
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