The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Australia in 2007

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Spathulate leaves:
Aha! Utricularia! I shouted out as much, and Phill came over to look. He appeared, I am proud to recall, somewhat impressed that I spotted this little thing among the shrubs and other plants. This is why we had come--to see Utricularia menziesii!

I suspect that only a very few people will appreciate this, but seeing this plant in the wild, even out of flower, was an enormous thrill for me!

It is interesting to reflect on how each one of these leaf rosettes marks a cluster of rice-grain sized tubers that the plant uses to survive the dry summer. We looked around but didn't see flowers.

Here is another clump of Utricularia leaves.

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Revised: December 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005