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Florida waterscapes in 2003

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Hey look!
Near the end of the boardwalk, by a flock of foraging white ibis, I saw this population of flowering Utricularia. With one glance, I tentatively identified it as Utricularia inflata--you can see the radial set of spokes on the flower stalks, just below the water surface. These spokes are characteristic of Utricularia inflata. I have seen U. inflata many times (even as an invasive, non-native species in Washington state, where it was crowding out native species), so this was not a particularly exciting moment in the trip. Worth a photograph, though.

But what a minute....there's just one problem with my species diagnosis....

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