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Northern Pitcher Plant -  Recurved Hairs These little white spines are recurved hairs that help prevent insects from escaping the pitchers. Here&#039;s how it all works...This beautiful plant has pitcher-like leaves that collect water. Insects that are attracted to the plant fall into the pitcher and then have a hard time crawling back out because the bottom of the pitchers have smooth surfaces, in addition to recurved hairs near the top. So, trapped insects will eventually fall into the water that collects at the bottom of the pitcher and drown. The plant secretes enzymes, which help digest the insects. However, most of the breakdown is passive and results from bacterial activity. <br />
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Later this spring, this carnivorous plant will sprout one large, purplish-red flower on the top of a leafless stalk.  Geotagged,Northern Pitcher Plant,Purple pitcher plant,Sarracenia purpurea,Spring,United States,carnivorous plant,pitcher plant,recurved hairs Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Northern Pitcher Plant - Recurved Hairs

These little white spines are recurved hairs that help prevent insects from escaping the pitchers. Here's how it all works...This beautiful plant has pitcher-like leaves that collect water. Insects that are attracted to the plant fall into the pitcher and then have a hard time crawling back out because the bottom of the pitchers have smooth surfaces, in addition to recurved hairs near the top. So, trapped insects will eventually fall into the water that collects at the bottom of the pitcher and drown. The plant secretes enzymes, which help digest the insects. However, most of the breakdown is passive and results from bacterial activity.

Later this spring, this carnivorous plant will sprout one large, purplish-red flower on the top of a leafless stalk.

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  1. Here's a shot of the flower in bloom:
    Northern Pitcher Plant A carnivorous plant with one large, purplish-red flower on the top of a leafless stalk rising above a rosette of tubular leaves. Flowers are 2 inches in size and have 5 petals. Geotagged,Northern Pitcher Plant,Pitcher plant,Purple pitcher plant,Sarracenia,Sarracenia purpurea,Spring,United States

    Posted 4 years ago
  2. Pitcher plants are like the lowest possible effort in "eating" something. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Yep, they are lazivores. Posted 4 years ago
      1. You have contributed enough awesome words now to start a new language. Posted 4 years ago
        1. Haha, I should make my own dictionary :P Posted 4 years ago

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''Sarracenia purpurea'', commonly known as the purple pitcher plant, northern pitcher plant, turtle socks, or side-saddle flower, is a carnivorous plant in the family Sarraceniaceae.

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Apr 19, 2018. Captured Apr 14, 2018 13:06 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm