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Pictures From The Field - July 2001

During July, I headed back to the southern US for a vacation and plant field trip. The areas I visited were southern Mississippi, Alabama, and the western portion of the Florida panhandle. One bit of good news appears to be that there has been some sort of relief from the drought in this area this year as compared to previous years. The area is still rather dry, but wetter than previous years at this time. Many of the flava sites I visited 2 years ago which contained flavas that were sending up summer phyllodia  were in much better shape this year, displaying mature pitchers easily seen in the deep heavy growth of grasses and woody plants.  The S. alata sites were still readily seen along I-10, although in greatly reduced numbers from years past.

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Here I am with a large, but non-flowering, S. flava.  This shot can kind of give you some idea as to how high the grasses in the savannahs have become by this time of year. The grass in this field was not particularly thick, and was much more dense in most other areas.

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A beautiful and newly opened S. leucophylla pitcher. Also, note the massive
stands of D. tracyi, their leaves unfurling as numerous as blades of grass. D. tracyi
at this site was actually much more numerous than D. capillaris.

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Another view of a S. leucophylla stand in the Florida panhandle. These plants
are growing in a roadside ditch fronting a highway, and continue back for 20 acres.
The site was next to a highly traveled road, so it was good to see that the
plants had mature pitchers. S. leucophylla has very tall flower scapes which make
them easy targets for poachers. The flower scapes can easily tower over moderate
summer growth making the plants easily seen, even if the plant has no mature pitchers.
This parcel of land is for sale, and I am looking into its purchase. I do have concerns in the fact that the land has leuco's facing a highway, as they are beacons for poachers. S. flava, S. psittacina, and  S. rosea are also in the area. The site also contains D. tracyi and capillaris.

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S. flava "typical" in the field. The golden yellow pitchers almost glow, and were
easily visible even though the plants were in very heavy grass cover.

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S. flava "green form" in the field growing amongst the typical varieties. This pitcher has
a very faint red spot, whereas others were totally green.

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Here's Kristi in the field with S. flava.  No, this is NOT appropriate bog attire. Actually, we had visited Ft. Morgan earlier in the day, and I brought her to this site in which I am attempting to purchase.

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A small outcrop of S. flava.

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More S. flava in an open field. This particular site was in fantastic shape for mid-summer.

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Another view of a S. flava site. This site has a little more woody growth present in it.  The red flowers of S. leucophylla can also be seen to the middle left of the picture.

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Another fantastic S. flava site. You can see the flavas continuing on into the distance.
The site also contained S. leucophylla, S. rosea, and S. psittacina. There is a possibility S. rubra also grows at this site, but I could not find it. Indeed, I only found a couple of S. psittacina plants due to the heavy growth of grass, and I know rosea is there due to the hybrid S. x Catesbaei being located here. The picture does not tell the entire story of how many Sarracenia are actually growing at this site. Most can not be seen due to the taller grass. Small mature S. leucophyllas and S. flavas were struggling to punch through the thick undergrowth. A quick burn of this area in late fall or winter will cause an incredible site by next spring.