(I just made a post on another thread, and thought the topic deserved its own topic)
I wonder why Nebraska doesent have any Sarrs?
Why is Sarracenia Purpurea only along east coast, and ringing the great lakes?
why not further west?, why not out into the plains states?
Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas..
why not through the Rockies?
are there not suitable bog climates in those states?
I imagine there must be..
The climate of Montana isnt much different than New York state, or Ontario..
If Purpurea can survive up near Hudson bay in Canada, im sure it take anything winters in the Rockies can dish out..
could it be it just hasnt got that far yet in its travels?
(naturally I mean)
suppose humans didnt exist, would purpurea keeps moving westward?
probably..(but now, with humans here, it wont have the chance to move much naturally..unless we go extinct..which I still hope for)
I propose that Sarracenia Purpurea, being the most widespread of the Sarrs right now, is simply still in the process of its expansion. Here in our time, we are just observing where its range happens to be RIGHT NOW..
but in thousands and millions of years, it will keep spreading..
(thats assuming we go extinct..a totally different topic..but very likely IMO..im all for it.)
AND!!!! if Darlingtonia is related to Sarracenia, how did it get all the way to the pacific coast by itself?!
with no other relatives in between?!
probably the last ice-age cleared out a lot of marsh habitats,
and the building and uplift of the Rockies also created landscapes and climates unsuitable for sarrs, when perhaps before the mountains existed, sarrs (or their evolutionary ancestors) existed throughout the west?!
then the mountains came up, great plains developed, desert south west developed, leaving our modern sarrs in the east, and darlingtonia trapped in suitable climatic pockets in the extreme west..
has anyone ever heard of any sarr fossils found?