Plants with pitchers and flowers

Almost indistinguishable from Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. venosa (the lid characteristics serving to differentiate the varieties are not typically expressed in the depicted specimen), this is a plant at the type locality of var. montana. Only a handful of montane sites with S. purpurea are known in the Carolinas and Georgia, while the Atlantic coastal plain variety is abundant in the lowlands. Var. montana is an extremely rare and vulnerable plant, here in an endangered situation due to lack of natural or prescribed fire. The site is heavily overgrown by shrubs and Smilax that will eventually outcompete all pitcher plants. S. purpurea var. montana is accompanied by Sarracenia rubra jonesii here.

Photo Info
Name: [Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. montana]
Credit: Jan Schlauer
Date: June 7, 2000