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    Sarracenia psittacina in the wild, various forms

    S. psittacina forma driedndead. Charlton Co, GA site #1 The drought and extreme heat wave for many months took its toll on Sarracenia habitats. There weren't many parrot pitcher plants in this site, and of the ones that remained, they were struggling. Look at how cool those old dead pitchers look-plants from this population looked like they had fat heads:





    S. psittacina Same population as above. Looks like this one will make it, but those pitchers really got messed up. Might take a year or two of good growing conditions before this plant is back to normal.





    S. psittacina Baldwin Co, AL There were a few individuals in this spot that had really green pitchers despite receiving a decent amount of sunlight. This one doesn't appear to be AF-notice the little amounts of red pigmentation on the leaf. It could still very well have yellow flowers though-that does occur in non-antho free plants:






    S. psittacina Bay Co, FL Notice the long pitchers and the shorter pitchers. It seems as though the plants produce longer, skinnier pitchers during the spring, and the shorter, compact pitchers in the summer/fall. Plants from this population had deep red pitchers contrasted with bright white speckles:




    S. psittacina Bay Co, FL. Another example of elongated spring pitchers and shortened summer/fall pitchers:





    S. psittacina Bay Co, FL close up of summer pitcher:





    S. psittacina Liberty Co, FL The standard look, great red coloration:






    S. psittacina Liberty Co, FL. These were actually giants, but it's hard to tell in the pic. Notice how the shape of the pitcher head is slightly different than the image above. Lots of variation within similar populations:





    S. psittacina Franklin Co, FL These were hard as hell to find! The pitchers were pretty gigantic, and had a bronzy color to them. Many pitchers in this population have less white speckles than your average S. psittacina. I've seen pictures of plants in Wakula Co, FL that are very similar to these plants:




    S. psittacina Franklin Co, FL close up of the bronze pitchers. Very unique:



    S. psittacina Ware Co, GA These were big but not gigantic. I bet they were a bit smaller this year because of the drought:




    S. psittacina Ware Co, GA Close up so you can see the details of the pitcher. Compare this pitcher other populations above-see any differences?

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    Very nice! Must have taken you a while to find those colonies.

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    How I love Psittacina. The variation is interesting. I like the bronzy ones, and the high red ones, and the last ones.

    I've noticed these guys like it really wet as compared to other Sarracenia, which is probably why they took such a hard hit this summer.

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    Awesome! Probably my favorite Sarracenia. It's neat to be able to see wild populations and their different forms. Thank you.
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    Nice pictures, thank you for posting these. Very interesting to see the differences between various wild populations.

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    Nice shots!
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    Thanks for sharing!

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    You're welcome all! yeah, it's really a pain to find them since there's no flowers, and the grass was getting pretty tall.

    The good news is that some populations, despite the drought, seem to be stable. The florida populations had 1000's of plants, whereas in Georgia, the few sites I visited only had a handfull. Of that handfull of plants, as you can see by the first and second pitcher, they were either stressed out a little or hanging in there by a limb.

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