Utricularia dichotoma Labill.

Fairies' Aprons

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 11 (1804) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial perennial; stolons present. Leaves rosetted and on stolons, narrow-linear to broad-elliptic, to c. 14 cm long and c. 5 mm wide. Traps numerous on stolons, globose or ovoid, 1–5 mm long. Racemes 1-several, erect, 10–50 cm long, 1–9-flowered; sterile bracts absent; fertile bracts more or less basifixed, oblong to ovate, 1.5–2 mm long; bracteoles similar to bracts; calyx-lobes unequal, upper lobe circular to very broad-ovate, 2–5 mm long, lower lobe smaller, ovate, distinctly bifid. Corolla usually 12–22 mm long, mostly dark violet (rarely white); upper lip circular to obovate, rounded or emarginate; lower lip much larger, variable, obtrullate to almost circular, with 2 or 3 (rarely more) conspicuous yellow (very rarely purple) central ridges flanked by several less conspicuous violet ridges; palate pubescent; spur cylindric, shorter than lower lip, apex obtuse. Capsule globose, 4–5 mm diam.; seeds obovoid, c. 0.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Dec. (spasmodically throughout the year).

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common in a variety of damp or wet, usually heathy, habitats.

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: Neville Walsh, 2020-12-03
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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 dichotoma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Utricularia dichotoma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory