Carnivorous Plants Story
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A pitcher of
Sarracenia flava, with a trapped moth floating on the water surface. Note
the unusually high water level for this species after a rain. In May, in
Florida. If a tall pitcher like this one becomes top-heavy after a heavy rain,
the slender pitcher may topple, bending the pitcher for good.
long-legged spider drowning in the pitcher fluid. Sarracenia flava, in
Florida, in May.
In early spring, the coastal savanna in the
Southeast is covered with thousands of colorful flowers of the pitcher plants.
An odd-looking, dangling flower opens at the tip of a tall flower stem rising
from the center of the plant. The basic flower structure is the same for all
species of pitcher plants although the color, size, and fragrance of the flowers
are distinct for each species.
plant flower, with two petals removed to show the interior. An inverted
umbrella-shaped style is cut in half to reveal numerous stamens.
flower of the pitcher plant has a large ovary at the base, surrounded by many
stamens. Five petals encase the ovary and stamens, forming a corolla chamber.
The petals then bend outward and roll out from the cut-away arc of the
bright red flowers of Sarracenia leucophylla in a coastal savanna along
the Gulf Coast, in May. This type of open savannas is becoming increasingly
rare, as the land development increases.
greenish flowers of the hooded pitcher plant (Sarracenia minor), in
Georgia, in May. This is one of only two species of pitcher plants that produce
functional pitcher leaves before (or at the same time as) the spring flowers.
There appears to be no consideration for pollinator safety.
parrot pitcher plants (Sarracenia psittacina) with new, spring leaves.
Note the spring leaves tend to be more erect.
blossoms of the trumpet pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) in North
Carolina, in May. Golden flowers are one of the largest in the pitcher plant
family, measuring 10 cm across.
plant flowers, clockwise from top-left: Sarracenia psittacina, Sarracenia
leucophylla, Sarracenai flava, and a hybrid.
colony of Sarracenia flava in North Carolina, in May. Note that the same
Sarracenia flava species starts to bloom in mid-March in the south along
the Gulf Coast.
matured seed capsule of Sarracenia alata.
Characteristic seeds of pitcher plants (Sarracenia alata). The scale on
the background is 2 mm apart.
of pitcher plant, Sarracenia alata.
in Florida, in May.
in Florida, in May.
in Florida, in May. This type of an open coastal savanna along the Gulf Coast is
increasingly rare, as the land development continues throughout the southeastern
United States. Note that the savanna grassland is shared by many different
species of pitcher plants.
in Florida, in May. The spring flowers are almost done, and new pitcher leaves
are getting ready for the summer feat.
PITFALL TRAPS FLYPAPER
SUCTION TRAPS VENUS
PITCHER PLANTS COBRA
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