The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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Pitcher plants:
My path finally dead-ended in a huge pile of crap left by pig-eyed asses who couldn't bother to dispose of their trash legally. But I had found no Dionaea. Clearly I had missed them, or were they were no longer present?

I started picking my way back the way I came, referring often to my GPS. I had reliable coordinates for the putative population, but could find nothing. However, I did find this nice Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa on the edge of the path, where the beginnings of woody pocosin vegetation protected it from the rut-creating tires of those who came to dump their trash.

And here is another plant, nearly hidden under moss and dead leaves.

The Sarracenia gave me hope, and encouraged me to look even more intently. And I was rewarded, for if you look carefully at the right-rear of the image on this page you will see that a few unmistakable leaves of Dionaea lurk therein!

I continued to survey the immediate area, and while I found a few Sarracenia flava and even a flimsy S. purpurea × flava in the underbrush, I found no more Dionaea. I gave up on this area, and looked a little further along the trail.

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