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Taxon: Aldrovanda vesiculosa L.

Genus: Aldrovanda
Family: Droseraceae
Nomen number: 2179
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:281. 1753
Link to protologue: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/358300#page/293/mode/1up
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 22-Apr-2015 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Distributional Range:


    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda
    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia
    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Botswana, South Africa

    • MIDDLE ASIA: Kazakhstan
    • CHINA: China [Heilongjiang Sheng, Nei Mongol Zizhiqu]
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan (restored in two sites), Korea

    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Hungary, Poland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Belarus, Lithuania, Russian Federation-European part, [European part] Ukraine
    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro (?), Romania, Serbia


    • AUSTRALIA: Australia

    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

    Northern America
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [New Jersey (introduced in 1999, one site survives), New York (introduced in Big Pond)]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Virginia (introduction in seven sites)]

    Other (exact native range obscure, transported by waterfowl)


  1. Adamec, L. 2018. Biological flora of Central Europe: Aldrovanda vesiculosa L.. Perspect. Pl. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 35:8-21.
  2. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson. 2012. Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource) URL: www.skud.info
  3. Cross, A. T. et al. 2016. Seed reproductive biology of the rare aquatic carnivorous plant Aldrovanda vesiculosa (Droseraceae). Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 180:515-529.
  4. Cross, A. 2012. Aldrovanda, the waterwheel plant
  5. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition).
  6. 2018. Mid-Atlantic invasive plant species (on-line resource)

Check other web resources for Aldrovanda vesiculosa L. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Aldrovanda vesiculosa cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.


Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=2179. Accessed 20 January 2020.