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(Pinguicula vulgaris)

A carniverous plant (to 6 inches) of North America and Eurasia found in bogs, moist heaths, ponds and lakesides. Thick fleshy leaves, ovate to elliptical, obtuse to 2 inches, with crystalline dots and a greasy feel, form a basal rosette. Flowers are solitary, violet to purple, 3/4 inch long, on a naked stem; calyx 4 to 5 lobed; corolla 5-lobed, 2-lipped, spurred at base; 2 stamens. Fruit is a capsule.

The pulp of the leaves has been used to clot milk for buttermaking.

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