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Purple pitcher plant

Sarracenia purpurea

Description:

The purple pitcher plan is a North American carnivorous plant in the family Sarraceniaceae, and the only member of its genus inhabiting cold temperate climates. The species was introduced last century in a few protected bog sites in Switzerland, where it has become naturalized.

Habitat:

A protected mountain bog site (les Tenasses), alt. 1250 m ASL. These plants are proliferating there well, possibly at the expense of local swamp species Scheuchzeria palustris.

Notes:

S. purpurea obtains most of its nutrients through prey capture within the pitcher (pic. 3). Preys drown in rainwater that collects in the base of each leaf.

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34 Comments (1–25)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

whoa, very nice spotting, danielle, fantastic series!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you ceejayalyssa!

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 5 years ago

so so pretty!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Belated thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wow!!!!! Wonderful!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you everyone. By coincidence I was a the very same spot this morning, and these plants are still under 50 cm of snow!

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 5 years ago

Beautiful series Daniele

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 5 years ago

Super nice closeup, Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Sandra!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 5 years ago

Beautiful series !!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Ali and Sachin!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 5 years ago

Lovely!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Interesting series,

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Seema!

Seema
Seema 6 years ago

great shot

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Emma!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

lovely!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Yuko and namitha!

namitha
namitha 6 years ago

Awesome series spotting. Never seen one like this one. Very pretty pitcher, how deceiving! Nature's miracles.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Amazing view!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Amazing!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Hi Ashish! This is quite a large flower: each petal is up to 5 cm long when fully open. These flowers are typically nodding (see second shot), and it is the underside of the flower is shown on the first shot.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

I just checked in India we have only one pitcher plant in Nepenthaceae family.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

What is diameter of this beautiful flower...

Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.49, Long: 6.92

Spotted on Jun 19, 2012
Submitted on Oct 17, 2012

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