Utricularia cornuta Michx.
Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)
Synonym(s): Stomoisia cornuta
USDA Symbol: UTCO
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsSoil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitUse 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
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1165 Collected 2008-06-09 in Anderson County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Web ReferenceWebref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Utricularia cornuta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Utricularia cornuta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Utricularia cornuta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-04-10
Research By: TWC Staff