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|Title:||A new species and section of Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) from northern Australia|
|Citation:||Telopea, 2008; 12(1):31-46|
|Publisher:||National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney|
|Abstract:||A minute, reddish-purple-flowered, new species of Utricularia L. subgenus Utricularia (Lentibulariaceae) is described and illustrated: Utricularia simmonsii Lowrie, Cowie & Conran from the western Top End of the Northern Territory and near Lockhart River and Tozer's Gap, Iron Range in far north Queensland. The species represents possibly the world's smallest-flowered carnivorous plant. It shows some affinities to Utricularia sections Enskide and Pleiochasia, but possesses a combination of features not found in any other Utricularia species. The tiny flowers have an open, gullet throat, virtually lack a spur (both unusual features in the genus), the traps lack obvious trigger or guiding hairs, and the seeds have almost fingerprint-like swirled sculpturing. Because of its distinctness, it is placed into a new section: Minutae Lowrie, Cowie & Conran. A key to the Utricularia taxa found in Northern Australia is also provided.|
|Description:||© 2008 Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.|
|Appears in Collections:||Earth and Environmental Sciences publications|
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