The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Apalachicola National Forest in 2010

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This was, hands down, without a doubt, the largest Sarracenia psittacina plant I have ever seen, in or out of cultivation.

It was shocking. It was so large, it looked unreal, as if it were an oversized plastic model of a pitcher plant in a museum display.

Notice that the pitchers were relatively few in number, but enormous in size. The entire plant was more than 30 cm (12 inches) across. And that wasn't just measuring the plant in one direction; the plant was that large in all directions.

If you need proof, I retook this photograph with a tape measure draped across it. In that photograph, extrapolate the 20-m mark across the entire plant to get 30 cm.

(Naturalist Beth actually hikes with a tape measure in her bag, bless her soul!)

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