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Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

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On the other hand, this is a very naughty plant. It doesn't look so much like Drosera capillaris anymore, does it? It has a rank, hybridy look to it. I think some people call this Drosera intermedia, and I do not deny that it looks like Drosera intermedia specimens I have seen in Rhode Island. However, Beth and I harvested perhaps a dozen stipules from several plants and spent a few minutes looking at them using my 20× hand-lens (that my sweetie Beth gave me for my birthday). They all looked just like Drosera capillaris stipules: a big central stipule lobe with a bifid or trifid tip, and two flanking linear stipule lobes. Is this a big, lanky long-leafed Drosera capillaris as seen in Florida, or is this Drosera intermedia with "wrong"stipules, or is this a hybrid between the two species? Gahhhh!

By the way, we never saw any plants that I felt comfortable calling D. intermedia. Just these weird things.

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