White-topped pitcher plants

White-topped pitcher plants

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Caption: Pitcher plants. View of numerous pitcher plants (Sarracenia leucophylla). These plants have pitchers formed from modified leaves that produce a sweet smelling nectar to attract insects. When an insect alights on the rim, it loses its grip on the waxy, downward-facing detachable scales which line the inside of the pitcher. It then falls into the bottom of the pitcher where it is broken down by digestive juices. The insects provide the plant with nitrogen, which the soils it grows in lack. The flap above the pitcher prevents rain entering the pitcher and diluting the juices. In the background are longleaf or slash pine trees (Pinus sp.). Photographed in Alabama, USA.

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Keywords: alabama, botany, carnivorous plants, insectivorous plant, longleaf, nature, pine, pitcher, pitcher plant, pitcher plants, pitchers, plant, sarracenia leucophylla, slash, white-topped, white-topped pitcher plant

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