Utricularia pentadactyla P. Taylor

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Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northwestern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts.

Utricularia pentadactyla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts.

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Frequency: Apparently rare but probably overlooked
Status: Native
Description:
Tiny, slender carnivorous terrestrial herbs, growing from short stolons. Roots, stolons and leaves set with numerous minute, globose, sortly-stalked, sticky glanular traps. Leaves 2-5 in a basal rosette, usually absent or very small at flowering time, oblanceolate-spathulate, c. 1 mm wide with a petiole up to 6 mm long. Inflorescence on a filiform peduncle 2- 30 cm long, laxly 1-4-flowered. Flowers pale mauve or white with a yellow spot on the palate, 3-15 mm long; upper lip, erect, parallel-sided in the upper half with a more or less deeply bifid apex; lower lip, half to almost as long as the spur, broadly ovate to sub-orbicular in outline, distinctly and often deeply 5-lobed. Spur up to 10 mm long, parallel with the lower lip, straight or rarely slightly curved, sometimes the spur may be very reduced and shortly conical or saccate.
Notes: Only known from a few records (including the type specimen) from North of Harare but probably easily overlooked.
Derivation of specific name: pentadactyla : 5-fingered, referring to the distinctly 5-lobed lower lip.
Habitat: Damp sandy or peaty soils overlying rock.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Images last updated: Friday 5 December 2014
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 195.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 72.

Taylor, P. (1964). The genus Utricularia L. in Africa (South of the Sahara) and Madagascar Kew Bulletin 18(1) Pages 129 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Taylor, P. (1988). Lentibulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Page 16.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Utricularia pentadactyla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152830, retrieved 12 December 2017

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