Monographs Details: Cosmiza
Authority: Barnhart, John H. 1916. Segregation of genera in Lentibulariaceae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 6: 39-64. f. 1-25.
Family:Lentibulariaceae
Scientific Name:Cosmiza
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Herbae scaposae terrestres, radicibus veris nullis. Folia suprema aeria, rosulata, laminis expansis, infima subterranea, radiciformia, intermedia ascidia formantia. Ascidia pedunculata, bullata, erostrata. Seapus esquamatus, bracteatus, uniflorus vel pluriflorus; bracteae basifixae, minutae; bracteolae 2, consimiles. Calyx 4-partitus, vel forsitan potius 2-partitus cum 2 appendiculis lateralibus interioribus sepaliformibus, sub capsula patulus. Corolla profunde 2-labiata; labium superius parvum, inferius amplum, valde a calcaris apertura reflexum; calcar conicum. Antherae subdiscoideae. Capsula globosa.

Discussion:

Species typica, Cosmiza multifida comb. nov. (Utricularia multifida R. Br.; Cosmiza coccinea Raf.).

This curious genus is limited to western and southern Australia and Tasmania. Australian botanists recognize only 2 species; but the synonymy is large, and if there are actually only 2 valid species they are both astonishingly variable. Careful field-study is much needed; in default of this, I would estimate the probable number of valid species represented in herbaria as 5 or 6.