Utricularia cornuta

Utricularia cornuta Michx.

Family: Lentibulariaceae

Habit: Utricularia cornuta grows as a filamentous branching aquatic floater.  The slender branches are divided into filiform leaves.  The stems and leaves are to 20 cm in length, grayish green, and can have bladder traps. 

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in few flowered racemes.  The calyx has 2 sepals with the lower one larger.  The corolla has 4 yellow petals with the lower petal enlarged and 3-lobed. The spur recurved downward to 2 cm in length exceeding the corolla. There are 2 stamens fused together. The carpel has a superior ovary with a single locule. The fruit is a capsule at maturity.

Habitat: Utricularia cornuta grows in Fresh Water Wetlands.

Distribution: Utricularia cornuta occurs in the northern island groupings in the Lucayan Archipelago as well as eastern North America and Cuba.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Utricularia cornuta is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.

Utricularia cornuta is a carnivorous plant that traps small aquatic insects in the bladders that form on the stems.  When insects swim close it triggers a mechanism that sucks the insect inside and then digests it.