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SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 170-02-004:
Utricularia purpurea FAMILY Lentibulariaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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A free-floating carnivorous aquatic, flowers borne near top of 2-4" stems, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
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Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Floating aquatic (without true roots); Forb
Habitat: In water of ponds, ditches, other slow-moving water, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in GA Coastal Plain, uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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Simple: dissected into linear segments
Whorled or opposite
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla (usually)
2 fertile stamens, occasionally 2 staminodia
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p091
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p346
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p110
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p095
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005) p233
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p249
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p287
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