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Utricularia dichotoma Labill.
Family Lentibulariaceae
Common name: Fairy Aprons, Purple Bladderwort

Utricularia dichotoma Labill. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial perennial herb.

Leaves linear to obovate, usually 0.3–4 cm long, to 5 mm wide.

Traps on stolons; globose or ovoid, 1–5 mm long; mouth lateral. Raceme erect, solitary or several together or in succession, 5–50 cm long, 1–9-flowered, flowers in opposite pairs or whorls of 3; scales absent; bracts and bracteoles similar, basifixed; base ± distinctly but usually only shortly basisolute, 1.5–2.0 mm long. Calyx lobes unequal, circular to ovate, 2–5 mm long. Corolla 12–22 mm long, usually dark violet; lower lip with usually 2 or 3 conspicuous yellow central ridges flanked by less-conspicuous violet ridges; spur cylindrical, shorter than lower lip.

Photo J. & P. Edwards


Flowering: throughout year (except June and July).

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp or wet habitats at low to medium altitudes; widespread, from the coast west to inland districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by R. Rowe & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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