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Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

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The Sarracenia here were more advanced in development than the plants at the other site. Beth and I wasted no time in generating cheap and shoddy theories to explain the differential; perhaps the increased growth was because of the enhanced moisture, or it might have been due to some chemical signals released in the recent burn. Freedom from hard data can be a glorious thing for theoreticians!

This plant has had time to produce nice pigmentation. If this plant stopped its coloration development at this point, it would be what some horticulturists call "cut-throat" because the lid is red on the underside (especially visible on the shortest pitcher). It looks, though, like this plant is probably going to continue its pigmentation development, and may become dark red throughout. Carnivorous plant enthusiasts sometimes call such plants "red-black Sarracenia alata." Some lazy horticulturists use bizarre pseudo-Latin names to say the same thing, I guess to give the designations the appearance of authority, but without going through the actual process of establishing such names according to botanical code so such authority would actually be merited. Uh oh, I feel a rant coming on! Breathe, Barry, breathe. Find your center...

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©Barry Rice, 2005