Utricularia campbelliana

I have always considered Utricularia campbelliana as the “ultimate” bladderwort. The deep red color of the flowers is absolutely unique, and they are among the largest in the genus. Due to the slow growth rate and rarity of this species, it took me years to find someone willing to part with a portion of their plant.

September 2018

The tree fern panel of my terrarium should make an excellent growing support for U. campbelliana, considering its epiphytic habits. That said, I could not insert the stolons—on which the bladder-like traps are—into it. These things are not supposed to be aboveground and have a tendency to dry quickly, so the first few weeks will be crucial as to whether the plant will settle or not. If it manages to dig through the tree fern fibers, where moisture is higher, it should be fine.

Utricularia campbelliana in September 2018
I used a patch of red sphagnum moss as an initial support for the little U. campbelliana portion. Hopefully the plant’s stolons will spread into the tree fern.

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