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Pitcher plant

Sarracenia purpurea


This unusual plant, usually found in acidic bogs, is carnivorous, feeding on insects that are trapped in its bulbous pitcher like leaves. The highly modified leaves are covered with downward-pointing hairs on the inside which keep insects from escaping. Insects that enter the leaf eventually drown, providing the pitcher plants with important nutrients.


Wetland bog

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Portage, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2012
Submitted on Oct 6, 2012

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