Utricularia violacea R.Br.

Violet Bladderwort

Prodr. 431 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Terrestrial annual; stolons absent. Leaves numerous, rosetted, rosettes 1.2-1.5 cm in diameter, leaves narrowly linear-cuneate to spathulate, 4-5(-12) mm long, c. (0.5-)3 mm wide. Traps moderately numerous from the stem, obliquely ovoid, 1.5-2 mm long, dorsal appendage above trap opening subulate, c. 1mm long, fringed on inner margin, lateral appendages 0.45-0.5 mm long, distally fimbriate. Racemes 1-4, erect, 2.5-10 cm long, 1-flowered; sterile bracts absent; fertile bracts medifixed, c. 1.5 mm long; bracteoles similar to bracts; calyx-lobes subequal, upper lobe broadly obovate, 1.8-2 mm long, 2-2.2 mm wide, lower lobe broadly ovate, 1.4-1.5 mm long, 1.9-2 mm wide. Corolla 4-9 mm long, lower lip violet, palate glabrous, pale yellow with 4 raised ridges subtended by c. 3 dark violet or maroon lines; upper lip obovate, bilobed; lower lip much larger, transversely oblong or elliptic, obscurely to markedly 3-lobed; spur cylindric from a conical base, c. twice as long as lower lip. Capsule globose, 1.5-2 mm diam.; seeds ovoid, c. 0.3 mm diam. Flowers mostly Oct.–Dec.

DunT, Glep, LoM, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. (Bass Strait islands). Rare in Victoria where apparently confined to wet heaths and swamps in the south-west between the Little Desert and Portland.

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.
Updated by: Alastair Robinson, 2019-05-07

Lowrie, A. (2013). Carnivorous Plants of Australia: Magnum Opus vol. 3, Redfern Natural History Productions Ltd., Poole, Dorset, England.

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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 violacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Utricularia violacea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia