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Okefenokee and Doerun Georgia in 2003.

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Upright leaves:
I think it is interesting that the leaves of these plants were mostly upright--the ground-hugging form was not expressed (compare, for example these Alabama plants.) I first thought this might be an adaptation for living in frequently flooded conditions, but I have trouble reconciling this explanation with the oft-told tale that the species has adaptations for living in submerged conditions. (If the species has horizontal leaves that are adapted for being flooded, why would the leaves become vertical if the plants were grown in a particularly wet area where they would be more prone to flooding? Why not stay horizontal and use those supposedly useful adaptations?)

Were the leaves light-starved? Sometimes they did look etiolated, but that certainly is not the case with these nicely colored leaves! Also, even the plants growing in bright sun with little competition from grasses or other plants had upright leaves.

We saw several hybrids between Sarracenia psittacina and Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis (i.e. Sarracenia ×formosa), but none were really worth photographing. They were taller and lankier than Sarracenia ×formosa usually looks. But all the plants we saw had only one or two pitchers, and were not very photogenic

If you want to see Sarracenia psittacina or Sarracenia ×formosa in the swamp, stick to the path between Kingfisher Landing and Bluff Lake--it was the only place we saw them. We also saw a few Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia ×harperi on this stretch, too. The best views are within a few miles of Bluff Lake.

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