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Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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Pale pitchers:
Now this was very interesting. As I circled the pond, I found that in some areas the ground was nearly completely covered with decumbent Sarracenia purpurea pitchers, as you can see in this image taken with a very wide-angle lens.

This was thrilling to see that the species still occurred at the site. But it was particularly fascinating that these plants, which grew in fairly high light levels, were so very pale. Again, as at the acidic Massachusetts site of the previous day, it was as if I were facing semi-veinless plants. I kept my eyes open for Sarracenia purpurea f. heterophylla, but never saw any.

Mind you, I was happy enough just having found the Utricularia and Drosera, but having worked so hard on my tortuous overland journey, I felt well-rewarded by the presence of the Sarracenia purpurea.

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