14 February 2012

Fairy aprons

This plant was given to me by Douglas Darnowski identified as Utricularia paulineae, a beautiful species of bladderwort from southwest Western Australia described by Allen Lowrie in 1998 and named in honor of his wife. However, now that it has flowered, I believe this to be a specimen of the variable Australasian species Utricularia dichotoma (the lower corolla lip is not nearly reniform enough to be U. paulineae), commonly called fairy aprons. Isn't that precious? The small size of these flowers - no larger than your pinky fingernail - and the ruffles certainly fit the common name perfectly. And those colors! Brilliant violet with a neon yellow landing guide.

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