A carnivorous Utricularia ! from Chris in SC

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This plant was found at the summit of Table Rock Mountain in Table Rock State Park, SC. Elevation is around 3,100 feet. It was photographed by my son on June 18, 2019, so sorry… nothing for scale. As you can see, it was found along the edge of water at the top of the Table Rock outcrop. I don’t know if you would characterize the water as a seep or mountain bog. The yellow flowers appear to have spurs like columbine or larkspurs etc.

Hi Chris,

this is an excellent find! It is one of our carnivorous plants usually called a terrestrial bladderwort. It is probably Utricularia juncea, but that is very similar to Utricularia cornuta. Utricularia cornuta has a longer spur, usually more than 8 mm long, and U. juncea has a spur less than 8 mm long. Utricularia cornuta would be more likely flowering in June. Both are very uncommon in mountain bog sites but are more common on the coastal plain. Behind these flowers is a colony of Xyris, not sure which species, and lots of Rhexia, common associates. I’m not sure if this has been seen on Table Rock previously. I have not seen it there.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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