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

<strong>Leafy Bladderwort</strong>
<em>Utricularia foliosa</em>
Big Cypress Preserve, FL
Dec. 16, 2009

This is such a cool plant, it is carnivorous! There are tiny bladders on the finely-cut leaves seen just below the surface of the water. The bl...
Leafy Bladderwort
Utricularia foliosa
Big Cypress Preserve, FL
Dec. 16, 2009

This is such a cool plant, it is carnivorous! There are tiny bladders on the finely-cut leaves seen just below the surface of the water. The bladders have tiny hair-like growths that when touched by a tiny animal like a water flea, will cause the bladder to close suddenly, pulling the animal inside to be digested.
I had to take this photo with a telephoto lens since it was growing in the water. I didn't want to get my boots wet, but I also had to keep the fact that there were alligators and water moccasin snakes in the area!


clr: 5-y

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