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Purple Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea


Purple pitcher-plant is a native, perennial, carnivorous forb. The evergreen leaves are modified into pitchers and arranged in a rosette. The pitchers are curved and decumbent, measuring to 17.7 inches (45 cm) and widening prominently toward the mouth. The hood on the pitcher is positioned vertically, resulting in the pitcher usually being full or partly full of rainwater. Leaf color varies from bright yellow-green to dark purple and is most commonly a middle variation with strong red venation. Flower petals, sepals, and bracts are rose pink to dark red. Flowers are solitary, and terminate a scape arising from the rhizome. At anthesis the scape is recurved near the apex. The fruit is a capsule with laterally winged seeds.

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jun 27, 2015
Submitted on Oct 8, 2016

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