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    Hi!
    I was wandering through a garden centre a few weeks back. I wandered over to the tray (always dry) that they keep their VFTs in (always dry and dying), and they had a specimin that I've never seen before. A U. Sandersonii! Of course I bought it, and it's been flowering non-stop. It's a great little plant. I'm a little worried about the moss that's been growing over it's little leaves, but I've been picking some of that off every now and again, and it's doing well.

    My question: Are they carniverous? All my other plants have at least made an attempt at munching on the various flies and spiders that plague my life, but this one has just sat in it's pot and made bunny ears for me. I just don't see how it's meant to eat anything!

    Thanks for your help.

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    Yes, U, sandersonii is carnivorous. The traps are under the substrate, and form off of stolons which in this species replaces roots. The plant has no true roots. The bladder catches cery small to microscopic prey, which are sucked into a hollow bladder when they trigger the trap, probably from brushing bristles around the traps mouth. After they are in, they are actively digested and absorbed.
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    Wow, thank you! I guess that explains why I've heard it called a bladder wort then.
    I tried to do a little research on the plant, but there doesn't seem to be many places that give detailed info on it like there are for other plants in my small collection. It's good to know it's not just a pretty face.

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    You found them in a garden center? Normally you don't see anything beyond VFT's, a couple types of sundews, a small handful of pitcher plants, and a butterwort. Look back through the this forum. You'll see some closeups of Utrics in bloom, with their cute "bunny ears."

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    Utricularia are the "low man on the totem pole" but to the special ones that appreciate their unique beauty they are the Kings of CP.
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    watch out, i got a U. livida that just cost me postage, wasnt expecting much from these "lowly" CP's but now i have U. tridentata, sandersonii, and tricolor i am waiting on a longifolia to show up and am bidding on another Utric in the auction. these lowly lil Cp's are addicting in their own right, weither because some are so easy to take care of, take up less room or because they have some of the best flowers of the CP's who knows but i bet you wind up with more [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    If I ever see any more on sale anywhere, I'll buy them. They are wonderfull little plants, and I like how easy they are to care for. I've just gone through my first winter with my plants, and it was quite scary. I guess that bit's all about confidence.

    My only non-CPs are tomato and chillie plants (mmm... home-made chillie), so it's great to have a plant that will flower for me. I let my VFT flower last year to see what it looked like, and won't let it again.

    How can people not appreciate the U. Sandersonii? To me, it's right up there.

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    well if you like them keep an eye on the trading forum. some of the more common ones litterally grow like weeds for people and they have them up for postage all the time. i would send you some livida but it recently got divided up for trade and dont have any more for trade at the moment but give me a couple months to let it take over the pot again [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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