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charming insect killer

charming insect killer
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-03
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, @ ISO 200
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-04-04 14:27
Viewed: 3963
Points: 6
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Hello TNers,
Today I'd like to show you another sign of spring from the New World. This time it is:

Sarracenia alata
- pale pitcher plant
Family: Sarraceniaceae
Order: Ericales

Sarracenia is a genus containing some 8 to 11 species endemic to North America. They are herbaceous perennial plants that grow from a subterranean rhizome, with many tubular pitcher-shaped leaves radiating out from the growing point, and then turning upwards with their trap openings facing the center of the crown. The insect trap is a vertical tube with a 'hood' extending over its entrance; and below it the top of the tube usually has a rolled lip which secretes nectar and scents. The hood itself frequently produces nectar too, but in lesser quantities.

Saracenia is also characteristic for the beautiful big flowers of very characteristic shape. They emerge early in the spring prior to the leaves.

The pitcher plants tend to inhabit permanently wet fens, swamps, and grassy plains. They prefer strong, direct sunlight with no shade.

Such habitats are acidic with soil composed of sand and Sphagnum moss. Frequently, the soil is extremely poor in nutrients. The plants extract nutrients from insect prey.

Here you can see Sarracenia alata. This species has disjunct range. A part of it extends from eastern Louisiana across southern Mississippi into western Alabama. Another part - from eastern Texas into western Louisiana. Here you may see another pov showing the entire plant.

Source: Wikipedia

This shot was taken on Kodachrome ED200 35 mm slide flim. The slide was scanned with Plustek OpticFilm 7200i scanner.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-05 4:41]

Hello Cedryk,
This is a very special posting. I never even heard about this plant.
Amazing shape and a very luminous yellow of the petals to attract the poor insects..
I like evn better your picture of the WS, it gives a better idea of the whole plant.
Excellent management of light!
Thanks and kind regards

Czesc Misiu
Wszystkie fotki fajne i notka ciekawa. Nie znam zupelnie tej rosliny. Czekam na wiecej ciekawych skanow i fajnych notek.

Ciao Michal, splendid light on beautiful flower, good details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-07 19:12]

Hello Michal,
A great shot of this Pitcher Plant. Nice job of capturing the yellow petals with such good detail and exposure. I always have trouble getting the right exposure on a yellow bloom for some reason. Well done!!
There is a bog located not too far from my home that has some of these plants growing in it, I'll have to check on them and see if they are in bloom right now.

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