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Utricularia dichotoma

Fairies' Aprons

Terrestrial perennial herb spreading from creeping, suckering stems. Round to egg-shaped bladder-like traps 1-5mm long on stems opening on the side or base to catch tiny organisms.

Additional information

  • FamilyLentibulariceae
  • Size8-50 cm high
  • LeavesLeaves along creeping stem and rosetted at base, narrow to spoon-shaped, to 14 cm x 5 mm.
  • Flower colourMauve to dark violet with yellow throat
  • Flowering timemostly August to December
  • FlowersOne to several erect sprays 10-50 cm long of 1-9 2-lipped flowers 12-22 mm long. Upper lip roundish, tip rounded or notched; lower lip much larger, kite-shaped to round, 2 or more obvious yellow central ridges, violet ridges beside, spur shorter than lip.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsShallow water to damp soil in heathy riparian communities. Semi shade to full shade.
  • Garden useA dainty colony-forming plant for bog areas and containers.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Helen Moss ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©; 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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