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[Pinguicula vulgaris var. americana L.]
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
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = OBL Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.