The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Utricularia section Nelipus
Species Range Habit1
U. biloba e Australia T/AA
U. leptoplectra n Australia, w Australia T/AA
U. limosa Asia, n Australia T/AA
1T=terrestrial; AA=affixed aquatics.

Q: About Utricularia section Nelipus

A: This section consists of three (mostly Australian) species that are characterised by having a two-lobed lower corolla lip and basisolute (i.e., peltate) bracts. I have never grown them successfully (although I have tried a few times from seed), nor have I ever seen one alive.

Utricularia leptoplectra--This is the only species I am compelled to comment on, but if you see photographs of the flowers you would see why. They are really dramatic because of a hugely bilobed lower corolla lobe and a long dangling spur---the similarity to some kind of dragonfly or butterfly is unmistakable. The flowers are two-toned, being purple on the top surface and yellow on the bottom. I love that.

Page citations: Rice, B.A. 2006a; Taylor, P. 1989; personal observations.

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Revised: August 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005