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Utricularia cornuta (Horned bladderwort)
Cressler, Alan

Utricularia cornuta

Utricularia cornuta Michx.

Horned Bladderwort

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)

Synonym(s): Stomoisia cornuta


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

The brownish stalk of this terrestrial, carnivorous plant has a few scale-like bracts and 1-5 yellowish, 2-lipped flowers near the summit.

This species differs from many other bladderworts in being terrestrial rather than aquatic, although it may occasionally be submerged. It is able to suck very small organisms in through the bladders and digest them.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Ontario to Nova Scotia; south to Pennsylvania; west to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Also North Carolina south to Florida, and in e. Texas.
Native Habitat: Wet, sandy, muddy, or peaty shores; bogs.

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy


Use Wildlife: This is a carnivorous plant. It is able to suck very small organisms in through the bladders and digest them. (Niering)
Warning: The seeds and foliage of this plant are poisonous and should never be ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1165 Collected 2008-06-09 in Anderson County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Utricularia cornuta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Utricularia cornuta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Utricularia cornuta


Record Modified: 2023-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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