List of Utricularia species

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There are around 233 species in the genus Utricularia, belonging to the Bladderwort family (Lentibulariaceae). It is the largest genus of carnivorous plants and has a worldwide distribution, being absent only from Antarctica and the oceanic islands. This genus was considered to have 250 species until Peter Taylor reduced the number to 214 in his exhaustive study, The genus Utricularia - a taxonomic monograph, published by HMSO (1989). Taylor's classification is generally accepted, though his division of the genus in two subgenera was soon seen as obsolete. Molecular genetic studies have mostly confirmed Taylor's sections with some modifications (Jobson et al., 2003), but reinstalled the division of the genus in three subgenera. This list follows the subgeneric classification sensu Müller & Borsch (2005), updated with new information in Müller et al. (2006).

For a list of known Utricularia species by common name, see Utricularia species by common name.

Subgenus Bivalvaria[edit]

Section Aranella[edit]

Section Australes[edit]

Section Avesicarioides[edit]

Section Benjaminia[edit]

Section Calpidisca[edit]

Section Enskide[edit]

Section Lloydia[edit]

Section Minutae[edit]

Section Nigrescentes[edit]

Section Oligocista[edit]

Section Phyllaria[edit]

Section Stomoisia[edit]

Subgenus Polypompholyx[edit]

Section Pleiochasia[edit]

Section Polypompholyx[edit]

Section Tridentaria[edit]

Subgenus Utricularia[edit]

Section Avesicaria[edit]

Section Candollea[edit]

Section Chelidon[edit]

Section Choristothecae[edit]

Section Foliosa[edit]

Section Kamienskia[edit]

Section Lecticula[edit]

Section Martinia[edit]

Section Meionula[edit]

Section Mirabiles[edit]

Section Nelipus[edit]

Section Oliveria[edit]

Section Orchidioides[edit]

Section Setiscapella[edit]

Section Sprucea[edit]

Section Steyermarkia[edit]

Section Stylotheca[edit]

Section Utricularia[edit]

Section Vesiculina[edit]


  1. ^ Lowrie et al. (2008) notes the placement of section Minutae appears, morphologically, to be closer to subgenus Bivalvaria. This was confirmed by a molecular study (Reut & Jobson, 2010)


  • Lowrie A, Cowie ID, and Conran JG. (2008). A new species and section of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from northern Australia. Telopea, 12(1): 31-46.
  • Jobson RW, Playford J, Cameron KM, Albert VA. (2003). Molecular phylogenetics of Lentibulariaceae inferred from plastid rps16 intron and trnLF DNA sequences: implications for character evolution and biogeography. Systematic Botany, 28(1): 157-171. doi:10.1043/0363-6445-28.1.157
  • Müller KF and Borsch T. (2005). Phylogenetics of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) and molecular evolution of the trnK intron in a lineage with high substitutional rates. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 250: 39-67. doi:10.1007/s00606-004-0224-1
  • Müller KF, Borsch T, Legendre L, Porembski S, and Barthlott W. (2006). Recent progress in understanding the evolution of carnivorous Lentibulariaceae (Lamiales). Plant Biology, 8: 748-757. doi:10.1055/s-2006-924706
  • Taylor, Peter. (1989). The genus Utricularia - a taxonomic monograph. Kew Bulletin Additional Series XIV: London. ISBN 0-947643-72-9

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