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Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 0:23
Viewed: 3522
Points: 16
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Pitcher Plant

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. It has been widely assumed that the various sorts of pitfall trap evolved from rolled leaves, with selection pressure favouring more deeply cupped leaves over evolutionary time. However, some pitcher plant genera (such as Nepenthes) are placed within clades consisting mostly of flypaper traps: this indicates that this view may be too simplistic, and some pitchers may have evolved from flypaper traps by loss of mucilage.

Whatever their evolutionary origins, foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The sides of the pitcher are slippery and may be grooved in such a way so as to ensure that the insects cannot climb out. The small bodies of liquid contained within the pitcher traps are called phytotelmata. They drown, and gradually dissolve the body of the insect. This may occur by bacterial action (the bacteria being washed into the pitcher by rainfall) or by enzymes secreted by the plant itself. Furthermore, some pitcher plants contain mutualistic insect larvae, which feed on trapped prey, and whose excreta the plant absorbs. Whatever the mechanism of digestion, the prey items are converted into a solution of amino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus). Like all carnivorous plants, they occur in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to be able to grow.

This shot was taken at an exhibit of Carnivorous Plants at the Conservatory of Flowers at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.


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Hello Manyee,
Long time no see!
Interesting plant. You've captured the colours well, the details are nice and clear.
Good notes too.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Manyee,
An excellent captured shot of this pitcher plant. Very nice colors and well composed too. Notes are informative. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-01 3:48]

Hi Manyee,
That is an awesome looking pitcher plant. Immaculate sharpness, lovely colours and fine details. With its mouth wide open it really looks scary. Great POV and the BG illustrates the environment well. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Pretty cool shot and excellent info on it! Cheers, Klaus

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-01 13:54]
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Hi ManYee

You could thank your lucky stars that you're not an insect otherwise you would have been in serious trouble between all those carnivorous plants. There are just far too many traps here that could make the life of an insect turn into an instant nightmare and those fancy looking strap-like leaves of the sundews does not help anything to make the scene look any friendlier.

The brilliant lighting definitively provides the foundation for the WOW factor on this photo. It has excellent visual impact. The green moss filling the BG enhances the fascinating red flower while it also provides remarkable contrast with the subject. The lovely rich colours and nice sharp details together with the outstanding composition and POV finally gave the shot the superb finishing touches.

Excellent work and TFS.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-01 22:32]

Fabulous colors...Great capture of an unusual plat...TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-06 5:36]

Hi Manyee,
What an interesting and a beautiful plant... Colors and details are very nice. TFS

I loved your image, specially the notes, soooooo much that I used this image to "enhance' my latest posting "CARNIVOROUS PLANTS".
Thanks for posting this lovely image.
Looks 3D.
Warm regards,
Mario from Canada.

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