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A Shadow over North Carolina

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Aren't these Sarracenia rubra subsp. rubra pitchers pretty? As we walked around The Green Swamp islands, we saw many Venus Flytraps, Drosera, a few Utricularia juncea and U. subulata, and Sarracenia flava. Some of the Sarracenia flava were subsp. cuprea (i.e. "copper-lids"). I noted with interest that the belief that such plants lose their copper-lid coloration later in the season was clearly incorrect--the lids on these plants (both old pitchers and new pitchers that were produced late in the season)--were very dark and coppery. Alas, I didn't take many photographs (and none worth putting on the web) because I was spending most of my time just looking around.

If you are curious about where we saw these great Sarracenia flava subsp. cuprea, I could never tell you. Frank took me on some weird dusty back roads, which led to foot trails and finally some tricky hopping through mud patches. So don't think you can casually go to The Green Swamp and see these plants. The easy to find ones have already been poached.

Frank showed me a few Sarracenia minor plants--a very rare plant in The Green Swamp. We noticed some poaching here, too. Someone had stolen two plants from this part of The Green Swamp conservation area, leaving only five. Dammit!

Frank related a story I particularly liked about some people he showed around The Green Swamp. He led them around because they promised they would not field collect. At the end of their their day-long trip, these people and Frank parted. But instead of going home, these people immediately doubled back to The Green Swamp to poach--at night! The idiots got lost, and called Frank from The Swamp via cell phone. "Help! We're lost!" If you ever meet Frank, ask him for the full story. He was nicer about it than I would have been.

I would have let them rot in The Swamp.

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