The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Okefenokee and Doerun Georgia in 2003.

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Doerun Pitcher Plant Preserve:
This is a cute little preserve. It has a few loop trails signed with red flagging, and these take you through a wiregrass-longleaf pine habitat that is home for endangered gopher tortoise and other interesting organisms. The signage at the entrance is excellent, and includes aerial photos, descriptions of their active burn program, plant lists, and so on.

Three carnivorous plants were listed as residing in Doerun: Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia minor, and Sarracenia psittacina. In the photograph above you can see one of the first clumps of plants we encountered. I know it sounds cruel, and perhaps not very appreciative, but when we first saw these 30 cm (12 inch) tall plants we had a laugh! We were so used to the mighty Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis that these more normal Sarracenia minor var. minor plants looked runty!

You will notice that the flowers of these plants are at the same height as the pitcher-tops, unlike what we typically observed for Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis.

I had developed a greater eye for Sarracenia minor variation over the previous week, and was intrigued to see these were the red-lipped morph. For another picture of Doerun Sarracenia minor poking through the grasses, look here.

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