All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Inflated Bladderwort</strong>
<em>Urticularia inflata</em> /Bladderwort Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<span style="color: green;">Carnivorous!</span>
<span style="color:purple;">Rare - Species of concern in TN</span><br>
Inflated Bladderwort
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