Could be confused with
Species commonly cultivated
Utricularia aurea Lour. (northern Australia, Asia)
U. australis R. Br. (Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Europe)
U. gibba L. (pan-tropical)
U. inflexa Forssk. (Africa, Madagascar)
U. radiata Small (North America)
U. stellaris L. (Africa, Asia, Australia)
Utricularia gibba is introduced into Europe.
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Perennial or annual. Submersed, free-floating or fixed by root-like rhizoids, often tangled with other plants. Leaves alternate or whorled, dimorphic: emergent leaves peltate, entire, linear, obovate, spathulate or reniform; submersed leaves usually highly dissected, with globose, bladder-like traps. Inflorescence a raceme, often supported on a whorl of inflated leaves or floats. Flowers showy, distinctive, zygomorphic; sepals 2; petals 5, fused at base, corolla 2-lipped. Dispersal by stem fragments or seeds.
usually in acidic waters; terrestrial species in waterlogged or wet soils, aquatic species in ponds and other still, muddy-bottomed waters; a few species adapted to rapidly moving streams