Utricularia geminiscapa mixed bladderwort Lentibulariaceae UTGE; R;

 

Utricularia geminiscapa.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Utricularia geminiscapa.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Utricularia geminiscapa is a submersed, floating aquatic herb; a carnivorous plant; stems long, branched, slender, similar to U.  macrorhiza but smaller. 

Leaves alternate, finely dissected, segments linear, 1-2 cm long, with small bladders to entrap small invertebrates. 

Utricularia geminiscapa.PinhookBog.commons.wikimedia.org

Utricularia geminiscapa.leaves and bladders.PinhookBog.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 4/2015).

Flowers yellow, bilaterally symmetrical, corolla 2-lipped, lower lip 0.6-0.8 cm, slightly longer than the upper lip, spur hardly, or not at all, curved; inflorescence of 6-20 flowers on a stem 5-15 cm long; blooms July-Sept. 

Fruit a capsule. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Quite water, generally a pine barrens plant (Hough 1983).  Like most carnivorous plants, Utricularia grows in nutrient poor soil and water.