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Pitcher Plant


Pitcher Plant
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Copyright: John Forward (PolarBear) (15)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Humorous, Flowers, Mountain
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Blow me Down Mountain Trail
Theme(s): Carnivorous plants [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-25 11:45
Viewed: 5853
Points: 1
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) AKA: side-saddle flower or huntsmanís cup. It is classified as carnivorous rather than insectivorous because it consumes insects, isopods, mites, spiders, and the occasional small frog. They grow in the wetlands of the Borealis, mainly in the peat bogs, where it can find the acid soil to which it has adapted.

The Northern Pitcher Plant a self-seeding perennial herbaceous plant, some 35 centimeters (14 in.) high, with a single dark wine colored or purple flower and has green tubular, pitcher shaped leaves covered with purplish or bright red veins. The leaves of the pitcher-plant are an efficient insect trap. They naturally hold rain water. The Insects are attracted to the rim of the brightly colored leaves by the sweet odour of the liquid, where they loose their grip on the slippery waxy surface and slide inside. The inside of the leaves is covered with tiny hard hairs that point downwards making it almost impossible for the insects to climb back out. They drown in the liquid at the bottom of the leave and are then slowly digested by the plantís enzymes, in order to provide nourishment to the plant.

The Pitcher Plant was adopted as the floral emblem of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1954.

This photo was only level adjusted and then saved to the net.

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I tried to get a photograph of the picture plant all summer , without success . Yours is very nice except it is not sharp.did you try a macro shot ? My 717 is excellent for macro shots .
Jim

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