All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>White Top Pitcher Plants</strong>
<em>Sarracenia leucophylla</em> / 
Milton, FL
July 2, 2005<br>
These beautiful and interesting plants are considered threatened because of loss of habitat, too many wetlands are being drained. Because Pitch...
White Top Pitcher Plants
Sarracenia leucophylla /
Milton, FL
July 2, 2005

These beautiful and interesting plants are considered threatened because of loss of habitat, too many wetlands are being drained. Because Pitcher Plants live in nitrogen-poor soil, they are carnivorous. They eat insects that are attracted to a sweet liquid at the base of the hollow leaves. Downward-growing hairs on the inside of the leaves prevent the insects from escaping, the exhausted insects fall into the liquid at the base of the leaf. Enzymes in the liquid digest the insects for nourishment. The flowers bloom in the spring, but the old heads remain on the plants late in the year.


clr: 9-m

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