Deadly rare flower
Hunter becomes the hunted
Must eat to survive
The Sarracenia leucophylla (crimson pitcher plant), a carnivorous flower endemic to the southeast, is listed as endangered in Florida and Georgia due in part to poaching and loss of its unique wetland environment.
Prey is attracted by nectar glands under the lid of the pitcher. Flying insects land on the flower’s rim then fall into the bowl which is filled with digestive enzymes.
These particular flowers were photographed at Fred Gannon/Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville, FL. Through a reclamation project, a small pond was reconfigured and wetlands at the park have been allowed to return to their natural state. With that, native plants and wildlife have also returned to the park.