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Northern Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea


A carnivorous plant with one large, purplish-red flower on the top of a leafless stalk rising above a rosette of tubular leaves. Flowers are 2 inches in size and have 5 petals.


Spotted in a swamp in the middle of a mixed forest.


This beautiful plant has pitcher-like leaves that collect water. Insects that are attracted to the plant have a hard time crawling upward because the pitchers have smooth surfaces, in addition to recurved hairs near the top. So, they will eventually fall into the water and drown. The plant secretes enzymes, which help digest the insects. However, most of the breakdown is passive and results from bacterial activity.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Thanks for your comments maplemoth and flowntheloop :)

maplemoth662 2 years ago

Beautiful photos....beautiful flower....beautiful colors....

flowntheloop 2 years ago

These are just spectacular! Wow!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thank you Barb

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 3, 2017
Submitted on Jun 3, 2017

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