Utricularia stellaris L.f.

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Utricularia stellaris

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Val D'Or

Utricularia stellaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Utricularia stellaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Utricularia stellaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

Utricularia stellaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Utricularia inflexa Forsk. var. stellaris (L. f.) P. Taylor
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic canivorous herb. Stolons up to 1 m × 2.5 mm, internodes 5-20 mm. Leaves numerous, digitately divided into 3-6 primary segments, 1-6 cm long, repeatedly forked again into filiform segments. Traps numerous on the ultimate and penultimate leaf segment, broadly ovoid, shortly stalked, 1-3 mm long. A whorl of inflated floating leaves present on the upper half of the inflorescence peduncle, 0.5-20 mm long, ellipsoid, 2-4 times as long as wide, with a few reduced leaf-segments at the apex. Inflorescence 3-30 cm long, 2-16-flowered. Corolla 2-lipped, 7-10 mm long, yellow, often with reddish lines on the palate; upper lip broadly ovate, 1.5-2 times as long as the upper calyx lobe; spur cylindrical, more or less as long as the lower lip. Fruit a globose capsule, c.5 mm in diameter.
Notes: The combination of a whorl of short, ellipsoid floating leaves on the inflorescence peduncle and yellow flowers easily distinguishes this species.
Derivation of specific name: stellaris: star-shaped
Habitat: In still or slow flowing water in lakes, rivers or marshes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Comoro Islands, India to Vietnam and northern Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 1 March 2012

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Taylor, P. (1964). The genus Utricularia L. in Africa (South of the Sahara) and Madagascar Kew Bulletin 18(1) Pages 188 - 197. as Utricularia inflexa var. stellaris (Includes a picture).

Taylor, P. (1988). Lentibulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 30 - 31.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 216.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Utricularia stellaris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152870, retrieved 24 October 2016

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