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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent plant of flatwoods throughout most of Florida. The range extends through the southeastern coastal states from North Carolina to Texas, plus Oklahoma.
The butterworts have basal rosettes of small succulent leaves with an upper sticky surface and curled edges to trap insects for this carnivorous plant. Pinguicula pumila has small white, sometimes blue, violet, or pink, flowers on top of a leafless stalk, or scape, which is covered with tiny glandular trichomes. This species can be differentiated from the others of the genus in Florida by not having a palate that extends beyond the throat of the corolla, as well as the small size of the flower, less than 1.8 cm ( ~3/4 in.) in length, including the spur. Small butterworts bloom mostly in winter and spring.