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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A common carnivorous plant of wet flatwoods throughout most of Florida. The range includes all of the southeastern United States west into Texas and Oklahoma, plus California, Indiana and Michigan and up the eastern seaboard to Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Also occurs in Nova Scotia.
This minute wildflower grows mostly underground, with a thin bronze colored scape that extends up to 20 cm (8 in.) tall. The irregularly shaped flowers are usually yellow, although sometimes pale and whitish, and up to 1 cm (less than a half inch) long. Leaves are not readily evident and are usually at or below the surface of the wet soils. The finely dissected leaves have minute (0.5 mm) bladders that trap prey such as protozoa and rotifers for nutrition.