Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Splinter Hill Bog: Sarracenia psittacina

The last of the pitcher plant species we encountered at Splinter Hill Bog was Sarracenia psittacina, the parrot pitcher plant, so named because of the shape of its pitchers. This species is much shorter than the others, and tends to have its pitchers appressed to the ground, rather than upright. It's easy to miss as it's much smaller, too. This one was not yet in flower when we visited.

Sarracenia psittacina and Lycopodiella inundata

Downward-facing hairs, characteristic of many carnivorous plants.
There are little translucent windows in the ends of the hoods to confuse light-seeking insects who will try to exit that way.

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