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Appalachian Excursion in 2005!

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Sarracenia jonesii!
Why, yes indeed, those tall, lanky leaves are pitcher plants--Sarracenia jonesii--growing in the most delicate of conditions. These plants grow in the extremely fragile soil environment that fringes the bald. It is amazing to me that these plants can persist. Think about it--if the water flow became really fierce, these plants would just wash away. On the other hand, if the water disappeared, these plants would dry up. (Mandy and I spent half a day in this area looking at other balds, and never found one that was suitable for pitcher plants--all the rest were either too wet or too dry.)

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©Barry Rice, 2005