Utricularia purpurea Walter
Common Name: PURPLE BLADDERWORT
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Unlike many of our species in this genus, not a calciphile, but usually occurring in shallow to often deep (1 m) water of softwater lakes; sometimes, however, in fens; river margins, marshes.

Not as often seen in flower as most of our species, although foliage may be dense on a lake bottom; but the magenta flowers with yellow palate are relatively large and attractive. The species is easily recognized from a distance in the field, with bushy whorls of foliage separated by open internodes. The young leaves, especially, are conspicuously inrolled at the tips and tend to have a basket-like aspect.

Locations

Alger County
Allegan County
Baraga County
Barry County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Clare County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oceana County
Osceola County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 16, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1619.