Common Name: Ultricularia Graminifolia (UG)
Plant Structure: Grass
Growth Rate: Moderate
Requirements: Temps 68° to 75°F, PH 5.5 to 7.0
In nature, bladderworts are specialists under water and have adapted to the underwater environment by developing special features: They form bladder traps on their leaves which possess a flap with lever hairs. Any object coming into contact with the lev er hairs triggers an instantaneous inward movement of the flap. The suction effect catapults microscopic organisms into the bladder, which are subsequently digested and used as an additional source or organic nitrogen.
A member of the bladderwort family, this delicate plant makes a nice foreground plant for the experienced hobbyist. Soft acidic water, medium/high light and low nitrates are a winning combination. This is certainly one plant that is far easier to grow emersed as many are often rewarded with purple flowers.
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