Rare crimson

crimson pitcher plants

Deadly rare flower
Hunter becomes the hunted
Must eat to survive

 

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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.

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  2. Those Pitcher plants are quite stunning, they look like they are waiting for their prey….. Thank you for sharing, so interesting and a great shot …

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    1. There are fields of these plants at a park I frequent near Pensacola, FL – Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park. They really are beautiful.

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  4. Don’t know about the deadly dirt… but the dangerous flowers are very pretty and alive!

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  5. I just love opening one of your posts. You cover so many different subjects and I learn so many ew things from you. Thanks for haring.

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    1. You are most welcome!

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  6. From the angle I’m looking at, there appears to be a sinister ‘death head’ in the top left of your picture. Are my eyes playing tricks, or is it a subtle intention?

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    1. I think that was just a clump of dirt. No skulls lurking in the swamp… I hope.

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