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Blue or Purple Flowers ( Basal Leaves Only )
Bladderwort Family (Lentibulariaceae)

Butterwort
Pinguicula vulgaris

Season: Spring/Summer
Habitat:
 Montane Marshes
Height:
 Up to 10 cm

Description: This tiny plant is one of the most unique of our mountain wildflowers. It has a basal rosette of sticky leaves which curl slightly from their edge. Insects are attracted to the sticky substance, landing only to become hopelessly stuck. The substance then begins to digest the insect to help compensate for a shortage of nitrogen and other nutrients in the bog. Rising from this deadly rosette is a single stem which terminates in a single purple, flower with a long spur. The tubular flower has three upper and two lower petal-like divisions.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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