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2009-June-13

Sarracenia rubra subspecies alabamensis

The canebrake pitcher plant, as locally known, Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis is found only in three counties in central Alabama. Now extant in 5 locations in Autauga, 5 locations in Chilton, and 2 locations in Elmore County, subspecies alabamensis is on the federal endangered list. Only four of these 12 sites are said to have a population of 70-300 plants, and 6 sites having a population of 2-20 plants each.
(Reference: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Endangered Species, Species Accounts - Alabama Canebrake Pitcher-Plant)

 

Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

The canebrake pitcher plant blossoms after a spring rain in a central Alabama montane habitat, May 6, 2009. The flowers were mostly done by May, with a few remaining inflorescences still retaining five petals. The flowering of Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis starts in early April and lasts for a month, with peak flowering around April 15th-20th. 

 

Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

A characteristic petal shape common to all subspecies of Sarracenia rubra "complex". 

 

Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

 Sarraceni rubra ssp. alabamensis blossom after a spring rain....
 

Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

A bright red outer surface of the petal contrasts sharply against the light-greenish umbrella-shaped style. 
The five sepals are strongly recurved in subspecies alabamensis.

 

Breathe deeply and you will smell the fresh mountain air. 

 

Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

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Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness: Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis

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