Eastern purple bladderwort, purple-flowered bladderwort
Utricularia purpurea is a perennial, carnivorous plant, native to North and Central America. It is a free-floating plant that occurs in shallow waters, in lakes and ponds. It is a rootless species, and it gets its name from the purple flowers that are held above the water surface on a stout stalk. The leaves are underwater, while its bladders are located at the tips of the leafy branches. This highly specialized plant feeds on insects and other small organisms caught and digested in its bladder “traps”.
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