The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Carnivorous plants of Central America and the Caribbean.

A: Despite the enormous biodiversity of Central America, there are surprisingly few carnivorous plants from this region. The most interesting endemic carnivorous plant species are the fascinating Pinguicula of the Caribbean. Other than that, the region has some nice Utricularia, including a few endemics.

On this page I list all of the native carnivorous plants that are known from the Caribbean, i.e., from the Bahamas south to Trinidad and Tobago and the Antilles. I also include the countries southward of Mexico, from Guatemala and Belize to Panama.

Small contributions
Let us start with a few genera for which only a few species are present. None are endemic to the region.

Pinguicula
While Central America is not very useful for this genus, the Caribbean adds a large number of very interesting species; Cuba is particularly rich in species!

Utricularia
Finally, this genus adds a large number of species, as to be expected. The only endemics are U. incisa, U. panamensis, and U. praetermissa.

Page citations: Casper, J. 1966; Rice, B.A. 2006a; Schlauer, J. 2002; Taylor, P. 1989.

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Revised: December 2008
©Barry Rice, 2005