Pictures From The
Field - July 2001
Here's a continuation of my field trip in
July, 2001. Some of the sites I visited had a heavy concentration of
both S. flava and S. leucophylla. Although these two parents easily
hybridize, I was glad to see that in these sites the hybrids were kept
in check, so that they only made up about 10% or less of the total plant
populations. But when they do hybridize, the resulting offspring can be
incredible. Check these out:
This is S. flava x S. leucophylla (S. x
mooreana). This picture does this plant absolutely no justice!! Also,
the flava pitchers from early spring were begining to die down, and this
pitcher showed the same signs. But in early may, this pitcher would have
simply been incredible. It basically looks like a red flava with a white
lid. The lid has no green in it whatsoever, but does have some maroon
veining. This plant is worthy of cultivar status, but will remain in the
wild for now.
Another view of this awesome plant. One can
only imagine what it looked like when the pitcher was only weeks old.
The pitcher seemed to have little leucophylla influence other than the
white top (you might can see just a little influence of leuco under the
lip on the inside of the pitcher.). It was essentially a white top flava.
The holes in the top of the lid were most likely formed by the intense
sunlight burning the areas of heavy nectar production.
Most probably S. flava x S. leucophylla, or
perhaps a more complex hybrid such as S. flava x (S. leucophylla x S.
rubra). The pitcher structure suggests a possible rubra influence, and
S. rubra was in the vicinity. Whatever it is, it's very nice.
Another plant of S. flava x S. leucophylla.
A young hybrid of S. flava x S. rosea (S.
A nice clump of S. flava. This may be one
plant with multiple growth crowns. Notice that
the flowers aer barely visible above the tall grass. (There is one at
the bottom center of the picture.) When the grass gets another 8"
taller, these plants will be virtually invisible. On the other hand, S.
leucophylla's have very tall flower scapes, which can tower over even
the tallest of grasses. There are two S. leucophylla flowers in the
background which tower over even the flava pitchers.
A group of S. flava x S. leucophylla in the
fore ground. Flavas can be seen to the upper left of the photo, and S.
leucophylla flowers can be seen to the upper right.
Although they are undoubteldy the most
abundant Sarracenia in the southern US, S. psittacina can be very
difficult to find by mid to late summer due to the high growth of
grasses. These non-flowering plants are difficult to see even in a
cleared section of the savannah. Larger flowering plants will be totally
covered by grasses this time of year, making them virtually impossible
to find. Pulling a tuft of grass back may reveal plants like psittacina,
rosea, and drosera, but may also reveal snakes and other novelties of
D. capillaris in the field. I never tire of
seeing these plants in the wild, especially when they form massive
clumps along a wet depression.