June 19, 2010

Carnivorous Plants at Great Meadows!

Common bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza) makes its home in the shallow waters at Great Meadows.  This delicate and inconspicuous plant traps insects to supplement its diet, through small bladders attached to its submerged leaves.  When tiny swimming insects brush against the trigger hairs around the mouth of a bladder, it opens, sucking in its prey.  At best, these special plants are uncommon here, so please do not disturb them.  For more on common bladderwort, see http://www.rook.org/earl/bwca/nature/aquatics/utriculariamac.html

2 comments:

  1. Your first picture posted is just beautiful, the light is gorgeous. I would love to see one of these. I was there on sat sunset but didn't know these or spot them. Thank you for posting - I think I'll return tues a.m. to look for them.

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