The most popular butterwort in cultivation, Pinguicula moranensis is relatively easy to care for and makes a great candidate for windowsill and terrarium growing. P. moranensis is native to Guatemala and Mexico and is highly variable, as far a butterworts are concerned.
Aimé Bonpland and Alexander von Humboldt first came across Pinguicula moranensis on their Latin American expedition between 1799-1804. They collected the species from the outskirts of Mina de Morán in the Sierra de Pachuca of the modern-day Mexican state of Hidalgo. Bonpland, Humboldt, and Carl Sigismund Kunth together described the plant in their 1817 publication, Nova Genera et Species Plantarum. The species was named after the type plant’s location in Mina de Moran.
Since then, the variable little ping has been redefined on at least two different occasions and split into new species based on morphological distinctions (mostly flower-based) and geographical location.