Utricularia longifolia

Long-leaved bladderwort

Utricularia longifolia

Long-leaved bladderwort

  • Endemic to eastern Brazil
  • Terrestrial or lithophytic
  • Lanceolate leaves up to 12 cm long
  • Produces violet flowers up to 6 cm wide
  • Thrives at 15-30 °C, high humidity
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Description

Utricularia longifolia, a large bladderwort species, is endemic to eastern Brazil and grows in areas with a seasonally dry tropical climate. It inhabits permanently moist locations as a terrestrial plant or lithophyte (on rocks). This carnivorous plant prefers an acidic, nutrient-poor substrate like peat in cultivation, which should be kept constantly moist to wet. Temperatures should always remain above 10 °C to ensure optimal growth.

In a terrarium, long-leaved bladderwort can serve as a highlight, producing striking violet flowers up to 6 cm wide. The plant's lanceolate leaves can reach a length of about 12 cm, and its long creeping stems quickly cover larger areas. The plant can also stand in 1 to 4 cm deep water, with fluctuating water levels promoting flower formation. The plant requires no dormancy, thus enlivening the terrarium with its interesting foliage and magnificent flowers all year round.

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Utricularia longifolia
Cultivation Options Terrestrial or lithophytic in moist substrate
Growth Height Lanceolate leaves up to approx. 12 cm long, creeping stems
Temperature Always above 10 °C, optimal temperature 15 - 30 °C
Humidity Moist to wet substrate, fluctuating water levels promote flower formation
Light Requirements Moderate to intense light, suitable for full sun and partial shade
Watering Moist to wet substrate, plant can also stand in up to 1 - 4 cm of water
Fertilisation No fertilisation required, use nutrient-poor substrate
Propagation By dividing the stems or seeds
Suitable for Small to medium terrariums, as a focal point or group planting
Cultivation Options
Terrestrial or lithophytic in moist substrate
Growth Height
Lanceolate leaves up to approx. 12 cm long, creeping stems
Temperature
Always above 10 °C, optimal temperature 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
Moist to wet substrate, fluctuating water levels promote flower formation
Light Requirements
Moderate to intense light, suitable for full sun and partial shade
Watering
Moist to wet substrate, plant can also stand in up to 1 - 4 cm of water
Fertilisation
No fertilisation required, use nutrient-poor substrate
Propagation
By dividing the stems or seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium terrariums, as a focal point or group planting

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