Pinguicula L.


Latin pinguis — fat, referring to the greasy look of the leaves.

Perennial herbs. Leaves in basal rosettes, the surface covered with sticky insect-catching hairs and with the margins rolled inwards. Flowers solitary on long stalks. Sepals 4-5. Petals 5, 2-lipped, with a spur at the base. Stamens 2. Fruit a capsule.

Plants grown mostly as curiosities in moist, cool garden sites. The most widely grown species is P. caudata Schltdl. from Mexico, which has showy violet-purple or rosy flowers with long spurs.

Seed, leaf cuttings and offsets when available.

Sticky glandular hairs on the surface of leaves, leaf margins inrolled.

55 species from moist sites in America and Eurasia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Lentibulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lentibulariaceae