The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Florida, 2010

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A new world
And this is what I saw!

Can you believe how bizarre this magical world is? I was in a land of delicate ascending foxtail plumes of U. floridana, almost frozen still in the water.

For scale, each of those shoots is about as long as your forearm.

It is difficult for me to properly relate the surreal experience of slowly walking-swimming in this crystal-clear water two to three meters deep, surrounded by stalagmitic stolons of U. floridana.

The more purplish shoots are fresh and alive. As they age, they turn brown as they become coated with a scum of what might be cyanobacteria(?), and then disintegrate.

That fish in the background was my guide. You'll see him (her?) a lot.

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Revised: June 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005