Utricularia tenella R.Br.

Pink Bladderwort

Prodr. 432 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial annual; stolons absent. Leaves rosetted, narrow-obovate, 3–10 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide. Traps ovoid, 1–1.2 mm long. Racemes 1–several, erect, 2.5–13 cm long, 1–3-flowered; sterile bracts absent; fertile bracts basifixed, ovate, 0.5–1 mm long; bracteoles similar to bracts; outer calyx-lobes subequal, obovate, c. 1.5 mm long, inner calyx-lobes equal, oblong, c. 1 mm long. Corolla 3–9 mm long, bright or pale pink with yellow on distal margin of palate; upper lip ovate, deeply divided into 2 acute lobes; lower lip larger, semicircular in outline, deeply divided into 3 oblong lobes; palate pubescent, distal margin with 4 longitudinal ridges; spur narrow-cylindric to narrow-conical, longer or shorter than lower lip. Capsule globose, 1.5–2 mm diam.; seeds globose c. 0.3 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. (Bass Strait islands). Mostly in wet heaths and winter-wet depressions in woodlands, chiefly in the west of the State, but scattered through to c. Wilsons Promontory in the east.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Lentibulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Utricularia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Utricularia tenella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Utricularia tenella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales