Babu Bladderwort
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Babu Bladderwort
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Babu Bladderwort • Marathi: Babu Jathari
Botanical name: Utricularia babui    Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort family)

Babu Bladderwort is a perennial carnivorous plant, endemic to India and has been collected only from the Kolhapur district in Maharashtra. It is a perennial herb, growing up to 10-20 cm tall. Leaves arise from the base, 1-6 mm, narrowly linear, 1-nerved. Bladders are stalked, 1-2 mm, round. Flowers arise 1-5 in racemes on leafless stems 10-20 cm long. Flower stalk is 2-8 mm, upper petal oblong, and the lower one convex, obscurely 3-lobed. Spur is 5-7 mm long, curved. It grows as a terrestrial plant in and near small streams in open forests at altitudes of 700-900 m. Flowering: January-February.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Gothane, Maharashtra.

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