The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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Finally, my vigilance paid off. I found another cluster of plants in the brush. Isn't it interesting to see these plants growing in live Sphagnum? That certainly isn't the usual growing arrangement, although you see it from time to time.

That seedling Sarracenia is probably S. purpurea. That was the most common species in the area. It looks a little like Sarracenia psittacina, but that is typical for seedling plants--S. psittacina does not occur much north of the Florida panhandle.

I poked along the margins of the pocosin, and while I found a few more carnivorous plants here and there, none were worth photographing. At this point, the sweat from my exertions was salting the many scratches and cuts I had earned, which took some of the vigor out of my explorations. I headed back to my car. Along the way I found a cool, clear stream and inconspicuously bathed in it to de-salt my wounds.

I returned to the Wilmington area, triumphant and buoyant.

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