Carnivorous Plants Story
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stalks grow to a height of 70 cm, holding a dangling flower at the tip. In
northern California, in May.
blossoms continue into the night. In May, northern California.
year's flower capsule, with seeds already dispersed. In northern California, in
seeds, 2 mm long. Note numerous projections on the seed surface, probably
intended for animal dispersal. Floating seeds in the stream may find new
colonies along the water path.
of the cobra plant seeds.
seedling of the cobra plant. The juvenile leaves are simple tubes with a
pointed-tip, and do not show the characteristics of adult leaves.
pointed-tip juvenile leaf of the cobra plant may give us some hint as to how the
ancestors of the cobra plant might have looked like millions of years ago.
In spite of
many years of investigation, we do not know for sure who the major pollinator of
the cobra plant flower is. There are only limited sightings of insects actually
visiting the flower. Some suspect spiders to be the major pollinator of this
plant. In fact, spiders are everywhere during the blossom, both in California
plant pitcher with a heavy coloration, in September, in northern California.
over cobra plant blossoms, in northern California, in May.
of cobra plants, in early May, in northern California.
all flowers show the presence of spiders, both in California and Oregon. Some
speculate the spider to be the major pollinator of the cobra plant flowers.
flowers - with spiders. In northern California, in May.
taking up residence in cobra plant flowers. In northern California, in May.
light in the forest. Northern California, in September.
cobra plant leaves growing skywards. Northern California, in July.
floral display of the cobra plant blossoms, in May, in northern California.
cobras surrounded by coniferous forest. In northern California, in July.
glare of a cobra plant flower, in May, in northern California. Note that the
pitcher leaves seen at the time of flowering are all from the previous season.
New leaves are just emerging, which will mature by July.
PITFALL TRAPS FLYPAPER
TRAPS SNAP TRAPS
SUCTION TRAPS VENUS
PITCHER PLANTS COBRA
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