Blooming Wild

March / April 2013

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pitcherPlantPitcher plants, found in bogs and marshes of Alabama, use an effective, albeit gruesome, method for securing their meals. Native only to bogs and marshes of Alabama, the Canebrake pitcher plant takes mealtime to a new level. Officially termed Sarracenia alabamensis, this insectivorous herb plant is characterized by a hollow, cylindrical leaf, similar to a pitcher, which captures and traps insects and small amphibians to digest nutrients. Pitcher plants use an effective, albeit gruesome, method for securing their meals through a system of trickery and deceit. The use of sweet nectar and bright color pigments of yellow, red, and green attract insects to the pitcher, which is composed of a smooth and slick inner lining that ens...


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