Domtar Partners in the Discovery of a New Plant Species

The little floating bladderwort has a single bright yellow flower.

As part of a voluntary wetland conservation program led by the regional environmental council of the Centre-du-Québec region, researcher Audrey Lachance recently discovered a new bladderwort species near the shores of Round Lake on Domtar forestlands in Saint-Martyrs-Canadiens.

The little floating bladderwort (utricularia radiata small) had not previously been identified in Quebec. This plant is a member of the carnivorous floating bladderwort family, which is found in abundance in shallow, stagnant waters.

This particular species is differentiated from its fellow bladderworts by the small offshoots surrounding its main stem, and its small number of bladders found on opposite leaves. Only one flower grows from the end of the stem and it is a bright yellow.

In Canada, the small bladderwort is known to exist in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where it is considered an endangered species. It is also found in the United States, mainly in northeastern U.S. border states, and is either endangered or at risk. In Quebec, this new species will be added to the endangered and at risk list.

For the past several years, the Fiber Procurement group at the Windsor Mill has contributed significantly toward the acquisition of new knowledge about flora, fauna and sensitive environments with numerous Quebec researchers. Following this latest discovery, Domtar made a commitment to implement mitigation measures in its forestry operations to preserve the sensitive environments in the forestland under study, involving nearly 200 hectares of wetlands and forest. This initiative is part of our FSC certification.

Domtar’s commitment to conservation of natural habitats and the enhancement of their positive impact on communities was underscored in the media by our partner organizations.