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Apalachicola National Forest in 2010

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Different light, different plants
Alas, after its lengthy vacation, the sun came back, and it looked like it was here to stay. The light became contrasty once again, but I had gotten what I had come for.

Look at some of the subtle variations of pitcher coloration in this image. Do you notice that the two large pitchers at the left of this photograph are probably hybrids between Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora and Sarracenia flava var. ornata? The red throat splotch may in part be blamed by the influence of Sarracenia flava var. rugelii, that can also be seen in the "pure" Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora plants.

Occasionally you will hear reports of Sarracenia flava var. atropurpurea in Apalachicola. However, all reports of this variety in Apalachicola look suspiciously like Sarracenia flava × rosea hybrids.

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Revised: June 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005