List of Utricularia species

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There are around 227 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, 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

Section Aranella

Section Australes

Section Avesicarioides

Section Benjaminia

Section Calpidisca

Section Enskide

Section Lloydia

Section Minutae

Section Nigrescentes

Section Oligocista

Section Phyllaria

Section Stomoisia

Subgenus Polypompholyx

Section Pleiochasia

Section Polypompholyx

Section Tridentaria

Subgenus Utricularia

Section Avesicaria

Section Candollea

Section Chelidon

Section Choristothecae

Section Foliosa

Section Kamienskia

Section Lecticula

Section Martinia

Section Meionula

Section Mirabiles

Section Nelipus

Section Oliveria

Section Orchidioides

Section Setiscapella

Section Sprucea

Section Steyermarkia

Section Stylotheca

Section Utricularia

Section Vesiculina




  • - source of this article
  • Lowrie A, Cowie ID, and Conran JG. (2008). A new species and section of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from northern Australia. Telopea, 12(1): 31-46.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, Peter. (1989). The genus Utricularia: A taxonomic monograph. Kew Bulletin Additional Series XIV: London.

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