eastern purple bladderwort, spotted bladderwort
[Vesiculina purpurea (Walter) Raf., more...]
Etymology: Utricularia: from Latin utriculus, "a small bag or bladder," the common name of which is bladderwort
Plants: annual/perennial, floating aquatic; submersed stems up to 40" long
Leaves: whorls of 5-7 filament-like segments, many tips with bladders
Flowers: purple to red-purple, 5-parted, 1/2" long, 2 lipped; lower lip 3-lobed, with a yellow spot, and a spur shorter than the lip; inflorescence 1-4 stalked flowers in a cluster (raceme) held 1"-6" above the water; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: soft, quiet water from shallow to more than 10' deep
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = OBL Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.