|Photo was taken by Gil Nelson|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons|
| Utricularia purpurea|
|Natural range of Utricularia purpurea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.|
Common name: Eastern purple bladderwort
Synonym: Vesiculina purpurea (Walter) Rafinesque
"Herbaceous aquatic or bog plants with bladders; stems submersed or subterranean, frequently capillary. Leaves alternate or whorled, rarely opposite, dissected or forked into filiform segments or linear when surficial. Scapes elongate, to 5 dm tall, 1-20 flowered; bract solitary at base of pedicel, bractlets paired with present, usually absent; pedicels 0.5-3 cm long. Calyx 2-lobed or lipped, upper lip entire or 2-lobed, lower lip usually 3-lobed, elevated inside as a palate and prolonged as a spur or sac. Capsules brown, globose; seeds usually numerous, brown or yellow." 
"Plant floating, branches whorled. Leaves whorled or opposite, segments frequently terminating in bladders. Scapes 5-9 cm tall, 1-3 flowered; bracts sessile, 1.5-3 mm long; pedicels spreading-ascending, 6-15 mm long. Calyx ca. 2.5 mm long, larger lobes ca. 2 mm long; corolla purple, 9-12 mm long, spur 3-5 mm long. Capsules 3-3.6 mm in diam.; seeds round, echinate or irregularly cristate, ca. 0.5 mm in diam." 
Utricularia purpurea can be found entirely under water and frequent with Utricularia foliosa and Nymphaea. 
Conservation and management
Cultivation and restoration
References and notes
- Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. 1964, 1968. The University of North Carolina Press. 969. Print.
- Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, Richard S. Mitchell, Annette Mitchell, Robert Kral, Loran C. Anderson, P. L. Redfearn, Jr., W. P. Adams, Grady W. Reinert, John B. Nelson, Kathy Craddock Burks, Elmer C. Prichard, M. R. Vodicka, Ted Bradley, J Stevenson, R. M. Schuster, Harry E. Ahles, J. Haesloop, D. B. Ward, S. S. Ward, Jean W. Wooten, D E Harrison, F Henry, Joel A. Barnes, Wilson Baker, Ann Johnson, N. Hotchkiss, Cecil R Slaughter, Palmer Kinser, Joe Beck. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Calhoun, Collier, Franklin, Gulf, Hamilton, Highlands, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton. Georgia: Grady, Thomas, Ware. Michigan: Schoolcraft. Mississippi: Jackson. New Hampshire: Grafton. North Carolina: Brunswick. South Carolina: Orangeburg. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
- Hermann, S. M. (1995). Status and management of Florida's carnivorous plant communities. Tallahassee, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Nongame Wildlife Program.