Trip report time!
I went on a trip led by the ever adventurous Ozzy, with a couple of the other NASC members (Ozzy being the serving NASC Prez!). We all met up in Alabama, and started the trip with a few S.alata sites in Southeast Mississippi and worked our way East through Southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle with tons of S.flava, then up to the Okefenokee in Southern Georgia in hunt of the giant S.minor, and up through South and then finally North Carolina to check out the famous Dionaea. All said, we saw at least 6 Species of Sarracenia, 3 of Drosera, 1 of Utricularia, and 1 of Pinguicula. Maybe we saw more, but the USA temperates aren't my speciality (and by that I mean, that whole S.rubra-ish complex and most Pings all look the same to me...).
I'm always interested in the critters and companion plants hanging around too, so I've included pictures of those here. There were several species of spiders, for example, that kept recurring state to state, which I thought was pretty neat. There's a spiny green spider that seems to hang out on the taller of the Sarracenia species that kept cropping up (S.flava & S.leucophylla), quite photogenically, so I kept taking pictures of it.
It was a pretty great trip. Hot, sweaty, buggy, and at times smelly (in those peat bogs), but great! Please enjoy the pics
Double-tipped D.filiformis. I'd never seen that before this trip.
The locals (this is at 'The Shed' restaurant lot)
It was raining just a little bit...
I got lost in the swamp. Luckily I had my GPS on me... all I saw on the way back was lots of knee-deep water and the most frightening spiders imaginable.
I walked into this one. Nope!!!
This is a really nice site in Alabama. It's really nice because S.leucophylla is my favourite
Here's that nice green spiny spider.
A S.leucophylla & S.purpurea hybrid.
You just gotta get those down-the-pitcher shots.
...to be continued...