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Thread: Carnivorous Plants in the Wild - My In Situ Explorations

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    I really need to get down to the Cape, again.

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    You sure do ! Let me know when you make it down there, we have a few more sites for you to check out.

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    Today, we went in search of the elusive Utricularia purpurea forma alba. All we had to go on was a single report of the plant from a single pond from the 1970's. We're fairly certain that we found the correct pond however, the plants were nowhere to be found. We decided to to drive around the immediate area a little are were rewarded with 2 new (to us) sites containing carnivorous plants within a quarter mile of our target pond.

    The 1st site we found was right beside a dirt road and held only a scattered population of Sarracenia purpurea purpurea.



































    The 2nd site we found was directly beside a very busy road just down the street. This site was much more diverse, host to many species of carnivorous plants and an exceptionally dense population of Pogonia ophioglossoides.

    Drosera rotundifolia


























    Drosera intermedia


    Growing completely submerged.




    Utricularia gibba can be seen in the water just below these ones.


    Sarracenia purpurea purpurea












    These 2 plants were growing completely inundated.




    Utricularia cornuta




    Utricularia gibba


    We also found 2 more species of Utricularia here that were not in bloom.

    Utricularia macrorhiza


    Utricularia minor We were very excited about the discovery of this plant even though it was not in bloom as none of us had seen it before.



    Sarracenia purpurea purpurea, Drosera intermedia, Drosera rotundifolia and Utricularia cornuta all growing side by side.



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    The 3rd spot we visited today was a revisit from a few weeks ago, back in the Boston area. We also explored an additional pond which held some nice surprises.

    Utricularia gibba


















    Utricularia gibba and Utricularia macrorhiza growing together.




    Utricularia purpurea





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    Very nice! I love the seeing the floating mats of sphagnum with Sarracenia purpurea and various Drosera and Utricularia growing on them. How did you get so close to them?

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    The mats are surprisingly sturdy up here, you only get wet up to your ankles in most places. They can easily support the weight of several people at a time. Trotting across them is a weird sensation though, they undulate and quake with your every step.

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    Awesome photo trip!

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    Utricularia minor! Have you seen Utricularia intermedia in the wild?

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