Pinguicula vulgaris L.
Family: Lentibulariaceae
common butterwort,  more...
[Pinguicula vulgaris var. americana L.]
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Kitty Kohout  
Etymology: Pinguicula: from pinguis for "fat" referring to soft-fleshy greasy-like leaves
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-6" tall forb, digests tiny insects caught on the sticky, upper surface of the leaves
Leaves: usually 3-6, basal, oval to elliptical, toothless, upper surface sticky
Flowers: blue to purple, 5-parted, 3/4" long, 2 lips, 5 lobes, lower lip longer than the upper and extending into a spur; solitary on 2"-6" leafless stalk; blooms June-July
Habitat: cold, lakeshore cliffs
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Joshua A. Horky  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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William S. Alverson  
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Derek Anderson  
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Derek Anderson  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Botancial Illustration  
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Kurt Stüber  
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