[Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola]
Here’s the first open pitcher of this lovely luteola this season. This plant was received a few years ago as a small seedling from Bob Ziemer. (Thank you Bob!) It’s been a joy to watch it grow year by year, and I hope to get it flowering next year. More information on this plant here. It has a couple more pitchers forming and I’ll take another photo when more pitchers are open. Ah, looking quite lovely there, luteola.
One aspect of carnivores that really fascinates me are all the mechanisms used for luring and trapping a meal. Just as an example – these downward pointing hairs on the hood of this Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola make for a slippery foothold and make for an even harder time for the meal to escape. Food falls into the pit and a hairy situation serves as a obstacle for said meal. Just one of the things that make these plants so redonculously flippin’ awesome.
[Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola – leaf detail]
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola. Yeah. Type that 10 times fast without getting carpal tunnel syndrome! (S. purpurea ssp venosa var. burkii = S. rosea. Ah yes, the name game. A comprehensive run down of this is can be found in the FAQ’s of Barry Rice’s site.)
It’s an awesome plant and for more information, read about the history of this plant on the International Carnivorous Plant Society page about this friggin’ awesome plant. (Thanks Mr. Miller and Mr. Hanrahan!)
About a year or so ago, I received a few seeds from fellow grower friend, Chris Gussman. The seedlings are now showing some luteola-ness! Chris (Chris, correct me if I am wrong), crossed 2 of his S. rosea f. luteola plants and now the seeds are coming up over here pretty nice. I have hopes to propagate and distribute these plants (among others) in the future to ensure this plants survival. Thanks again Chris!
[Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola, 9.18.10]
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