Pitcher Plant Flowers

Pitcher Plant Flowers

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Caption: The Pitcher Plant(Sarracenia purpurea) is a carnivorous plant species that gets nitrogen compounds & proteins, which are absent from the poor soils they grow in, by trapping and digesting insects. The pitcher is an elaborate extension of the midrib of the leaf containing a sugary digestive liquid. The scent of nectar and the plant's bright colours (often red) attract insects which fall into the pitcher & drown. The inside of the pitcher is lined with downward pointing hairs which help to keep the insects from escaping. These plants were photographed on Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Keywords: botany, canada flora, canadian wildflower, cape breton, carnivorous, carnivorous plant, chequamegon national forest, flora, flowering, in flower, insect eating plant, insect-eating plant, insectivorous plant, nova scotia, pitcher plant, plant, plantae, sarracenia, sarracenia purpurea, sarraceniacea

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