Urticularia inflata /Bladderwort Family
Rare - Species of concern in TN
I was very excited to find this rare wildflower blooming in the lake at Pickett State Park in early September. It is a very unusual plant because it is carnivorous! The submersed leaves have small (pinhead-sized)trigger-haired bladders that pull tiny aquatic organisms inside to digestion them.
I apologize for the lousy quality of this photo, I was working under some pretty bad conditions for photography. I didn't want to put my new tripod into the water or the thick mud on the bank, so I had to hand-hold the camera. It didn't help that I had a crowd of people standing along the wall behind me speculating if I was going to fall in! I did slip part of my foot into the lake at one point, thank goodness for Gore-tex boots!
Where seen: Pickett SP