Oct. 22, 2018

swollen bladderwort, Utricularia inflata

What an unappealing common name for an interesting plant. The symmetrically radiate stems that keep it afloat catch your eye as much as the flowers. And being bladderwort, it has tiny globular traps on those stems that can close on small water creatures in 10 to 15 milliseconds. Inflated bladderwort grows in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD(E), MS, NC, NJ, NY(E), OK, PA, SC, TN(S), TX, and WA. Matthaei Gardens, U. of Michigan, 3/6/16.