Carnivorous plants: Utricularia

Carnivorous plants: Utricularia

Classification, origin and description

First name: Utricularia spp.
Kind: Utricularia

It constitutes the largest genus of carnivorous plants, in fact about 215 species belong to it that live in fresh water or in water-saturated soils of all continents except Antarctica. It belongs to the Lentibulariaceae family.

Utricularia vulgaris L.

The common bladder herb (Utricularia vulgaris L.) is a carnivorous plant. It is a perennial aquatic plant, not anchored to the bottom and without real roots. Its stems are branched and flexible, up to 2 meters long.
Numerous translucent vesicles called ascids are inserted between the leaves, which are used to capture small aquatic organisms. They are equipped with a series of bristles and absorbent hair.
It is found in the temperate-cold areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa, in fairly deep stagnant waters up to 1000 m a.s.l. It is used in phytotherapy for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Common bladder herb - Utricularia vulgaris L. (

Utricularia graminifolia Vahl

Carnivorous aquatic plant, owes its shape to the shape of the leaves that resemble grass stems, which form a layered structure that usually covers the utricles, blisters that naturally trap ciliates and small crustaceans. Thanks to its intense green color it is very popular in aquariology.

Utricularia graminifolia Vahl

Environmental requirements, substrate, fertilizations and special measures - Utricularia graminifolia Vahl

Temperature: 16-28 ° C.
Environmental watering and humidity: aquatic plant - pH 6.5 / 7 - gH 7/10
Substrate: soft with a fine grain size.
Fertilizations, light and special precautions: fragile plant, which needs a long time to settle down. In this phase, the use of low light is recommended. After this period of acclimatization the light can be increased and good fertilization should be provided to avoid, in particular, iron and manganese deficiencies.

Multiplication - Utricularia graminifolia Vahl

It multiplies by stolons.

Diseases, pests and adversities

Video: The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Mice (January 2022).