Purple pitcher plant

Purple pitcher plant

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Caption: Purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). This plant is carnivorous. The cup-like shape is an adaptation to catch small animals. The red lip of the "pitcher" (upper centre) attracts insects because it resembles a flower. Nectar-covered red veins lead the prey downward into a pool of rainwater containing a digestive enzyme. Insects, mites, spiders and even small frogs are captured. Animals provide the plant with nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which are scarce in its preferred habitat of wet bogs and savanna. It is a popular houseplant, and collection for sale has wiped out some populations. Photographed in North Carolina, USA.

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