The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Florida, 2010

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What are they?
For this image, I managed to haul myself out of the kayak and onto a very small piece of stable ground. I was very careful to avoid sliding from my patch of terra gelatina into the deep water. I did not want my camera to join Beth's, in an aquatic purgatory of malfunction.

Randy, who has far more experience with S. rubra subsp. gulfensis than I do, was taken by the fact that these plants were so large, and also pale in color. He said that he has observed these plants to grow to more than 80cm tall!

Are they still S. rubra subsp. gulfensis? Is this just a local variant? Is it a result of the peculiar growing conditions?

Here are the same plants, in landscape orientation.

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Revised: June 2010
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