Green Pitcher Bulb

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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Green Pitcher Plant – Sarracenia oreophila, indigenous to the US states of Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia is considered an endangered species. These carnivorous plants grow in bogs and forest wetlands and consist of nodding, bulb shaped flowers and long tubular leaves which fill with water. Insects drown in the water and are digested by the plant to derive nutrients.

The plants appear during the months of April and May and range in hight from 20 to 40 cm with the flowers usually equal to or higher than the leaves. Flowers retain a spherical shape as they mature and begin to open up into the form of an overturned dish, or saucer. They consist of 5 sepals and petals and numerous stamens.

I took this photograph at Smithgall Woods State Park in White County, Georgia.

Olympus E-3 w/ Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 macro; f/5.6 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 400.

Also see “Deep Green”

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