Plants – U

***This post is a part of my April A to Z series where this year I will be highlighting different plants each day.  Check out this page to see all of my posts combined on one easy sheet. ***

Sorry for the break but I was in the process of switching jobs.  I am now the Engineering Plan Manager for a local hvac wholesaler.  Exciting times, but it got pretty busy in the middle.

Utricularia calycifida

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Photo taken by Petr Dlouhý and used based on the Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Origin-Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and Venzuela

Lighting- High light, but not direct sun

Soil–  Does best in long fiber sphagnum but will survive in sphagnum, peat and sand.

Water – Prefers to be kept moist.

Humidity- Humidity is very important.  This plant does best in high humidity.

Temperature- prefers temperatures above 50.  Will not withstand temperatures below freezing.

This is a carnivorous plant which will capture and trap small organisms by a bladder like trap.  It will feed on prey small microscopic animals such as rotifers and protozoa.  These plants can consume larger prey such as mosquito larvae and young tadpoles if allowed.

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Photo taken by User:Ch.Andrew and used based on the Wikimedia Creative Commons.

 

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