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Pinguicula lutea Walt.
USDA Symbol: PILU2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A perennial to 20 in. with broad, succulent leaves in a basal rosette. One to eight flowering stems arise from the rosette and are topped by yellow, spurred flowers. 1 yellow flower atop a leafless, glandular stalk rising from a basal rosette of yellow-green, sticky leaves. All Pinguicula spp. bear short glandular hairs, and clammy leaves designed to trap small insects.
Insects trapped by the sticky leaves of butterworts are digested by enzymes secreted by the leaves, which then absorb the nutrients. The genus name derives from the Latin pinguis (fat) and alludes to the greasy-feeling upper surface of the leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from s.e. LA to FL & s.e. NC Native Habitat:
Moist savannas & thin pinewoods USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, acid, poor nutritive soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sow butterwort seeds as soon as mature on damp, long-fiber sphagnum. Keep moist is partial sunlight for germination in 90 days.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff