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Thread: S. alata "texas"

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    Today, at a local nursery, I ran into a sarracenia labeled S. alata "Texas". Is this just a typical alata, but from a location in Texas? Or, are there any physical distinguishig characteristics on the "Texas" variety?

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    My guess is it is just an alata from Texas. I have never heard of S. alata 'Texas'
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    There are a "hand full" of S.alata sites in Texas. Most of them are on protected land. There are some alatas that are unique to Texas. If you look closely, you may find some subtle fenestrations around the hood. This has led people to speculate about the origins of the Texas alatas. People have wondered about possible intragression with S.leucophylla.
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    I have to wonder at a nursery carrying such a plant... I would be weary of field collection.
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    Thanks for all the replies. I am going to contact the grower/supplier of the plant. If the supplier is the one that I am thinking of, I know she does not field collect. If anyone else knows of any other distinguishing physical characteristics, please continue to post.

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    When I contacted the supplier of the plant, this is the reply I recieved.
    "It is from [a] bog in Texas that was filled in for a road. The texture of the leaves is a little different and the color of the new leaves is richer than the more Eastern forms."

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    I don't know if I would buy from her. I'm not saying she poached it, but I've heard similar stories before. My personal belief is that if you rescue a plant from being bulldozed, you shouldn't sell it to make a profit. To me that seems like a loophole around poaching. If you save a plant you shoud either relocated it to a protected area or grow it and use it's offspring to restock existing bogs or protected areas. That's my 2 cents worth.

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    Ozzy, you make a very good point. There is a fine line between poaching for profit and poaching to save plants.

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