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By kittyklaws
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Joined:  Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:13 am
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:) Hey, was wondering if anyone could tell me it I have utricularia in my pots :? These guys have been here for awhile, they just randomly pop outta the soil and I used to think they were moss spores :P , until they started flowering. Tiny white and yellowish flowers on thin stalks. I believe they have short little grass-like green leaves too. They produce alot of seed :shock:
Thanks in advance! :D
-Kelly
Here are some pics, hehe sorry for the bad quality just took them tonight...
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By moof
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Joined:  Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:54 am
#62060
Weird plant, I think that's not a bladderwort... I think I never saw such flowerstalks in this group of plants. Have you got photos of their leafs?
By roey benjamin marcus
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Joined:  Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:56 pm
#62091
It seems like you have a lot of plants in the pot. The stalk sure doesn't look like a bladderwort, and I don't know how bladderworts can have enough space to grow, or how they wouldn't die by wasting all their energy on accidentally sucking in sand/perlite.
By watnazn
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#62092
Sounds and looks like utricularia subulata to me. A weed in a lot of collections, but has nice flowers. Look for pics online and let us know if it looks similar to what you have.

^a lot of utrics grow in peat and sand. They don't suck up everything, theres hairs in the traps that need to be triggered first by a small bug.
By watnazn
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Joined:  Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:52 am
#62104
Utrics don't grow out of nowhere, she probably had it the whole time she had the plant. They probably just recently started flowering. They spread really fast by seed, and the seed is like a powder so it gets everywhere.
By kittyklaws
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Joined:  Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:13 am
#62114
Thanks guys for your input :)
watnazn-Yea you're right, I probably have had them for a while, just didn't notice. Their little green leaves (moof, I will post shots in a minute, once my camera is recharged) were in with with my other CPs. Originally when I was repotting, I thought they were the non-carnivorous leaves of VFT seedlings or something :lol: Then, they started producing stalks, which I thought were those moss spore structure thingys, so I just snipped them off. They one day I caught one blooming this little white and yellow flower. I was surprised...
After flowering, my whatever-they-are produce these swollen round seedpods (that's what my photos show, most of them seem to be in the process of making seed and not flowering at the moment). The inside darkens, and eventually the bottom flap opens revealing tiny black powdery seeds. Not sure if this fits the description of bladderworts or not, but I rather enjoy my little weeds :)
One of the reasons I was thinking maybe they were utrics, was that I left one of my pots outside for the first time a while back, and later found it infested with a bunch of tiny insects dwelling in the soil. I was going to get Orthenex, but then over time they just disappeared :? .
Well, if the utrics didn't eat them, maybe they just starved to death in the nutrient-less peat :P
Thanks again guys!
By kittyklaws
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Here are some photos.
By the way, Watnazn I don't believe these are U subulata, mine are nowhere near as pretty :lol:
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By roey benjamin marcus
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#62116
The pests would feed on your plant roots ;), but it's prob. the utricularia that got rid of 'em.
By watnazn
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Joined:  Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:52 am
#62129
Now I'm 99.9% sure it is U. Subulata. They have the same leaf shape. Just those flowers aren't completely opened yet.

I'll take some to take a closer look at. :lol:
By kittyklaws
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Joined:  Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:13 am
#62150
watnazn wrote:Now I'm 99.9% sure it is U. Subulata. They have the same leaf shape. Just those flowers aren't completely opened yet.

I'll take some to take a closer look at. :lol:
Thanks watnazn :) In the mean time lemme try to catch it when it's fully open and get you a better picture ;)
By moof
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Joined:  Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:54 am
#62199
kitty they sometimes need a few days to open:) so just wait

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