Utricularia livida E. Mey.

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Utricularia livida

Photo: Bart Wursten
On slopes below main Mt Namuli peak, Mozambique.

Utricularia livida

Photo: Bart Wursten
On slopes below main Mt Namuli peak, Mozambique.

Utricularia livida

Photo: Bart Wursten
On slopes below main Mt Namuli peak, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Utricularia afromontana R.E. Fries
Utricularia dregei Kam.
Utricularia eburnea R.E. Fries
Utricularia humbertiana Perr.
Utricularia humilis Phillips
Utricularia ibarensis Baker
Utricularia longecalcarata Benj.
Utricularia madagascariensis A. DC.
Utricularia odontosperma Stapf
Utricularia sanguinea Oliv.
Utricularia sematophora Stapf
Utricularia spartea Baker
Utricularia transrugosa Stapf
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb with numerous traps on the rhizome and stolons. Leaves usually not present when flowering but otherwise in a basal rosette and scattered along the stolons, linear to obovate-spathulate, 1-7 cm long. Inflorescence erect, 2-80 cm high, relatively robust, 2-8-flowered, rarely up to 50. Calyx lobes subequal, ovate, 2-3 mm long, plicate along the veins. Corolla violet, mauve or white, with a yellow spot on the palate and often a white or yellow spot on the lower lip, rarely all yellow or cream, 5-15 mm long; palate raised and with a double crest; spur often shorter than the lower lip, sometimes longer. Capsule globose, up to 2 mm long, dehiscent, along longitudinal slits with thickened margins.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In permanently and seasonally wet, boggy grassland and in shallow wet soils over rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread along the eastern side of Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa. Also in Madagascar and Mexico.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 September 2016

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. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 116.

Taylor, P. (1964). The genus Utricularia L. in Africa (South of the Sahara) and Madagascar Kew Bulletin 18(1) Pages 115 - 127. (Includes a picture).

Taylor, P. (1988). Lentibulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 13 - 16.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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Flora of Mozambique: Utricularia livida
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Utricularia livida
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Utricularia livida
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Utricularia livida
Plants of the World Online: Utricularia livida
Tropicos: Utricularia livida
Wikipedia: Utricularia livida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Utricularia livida.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152820, retrieved 22 June 2024

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