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Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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Pitcher plants:
Continuing our explorations, we again landed our canoes and traveled on foot among the sedges. Here is a fine example of the Sarracenia purpurea subsp. purpurea that grows at the fen.

Never having seen Sarracenia in marl bogs such as the ones Don Schnell has written about, this was my introduction to a calcareous pitcher plant fen. After the trip, I learned from Dr. Amy Rhodes (Associate Professor at Smith College), that the pH of the pond and sedge mat varies, but is typically around 8.2-8.9.

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