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Green Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia oreophila


Family: Sarraceniaceae - Pitcher-plant family Genus Common Name: Pitcherplant Native Status: Native
Sarracenia oreophila - Green Pitcher Plant. This plant is critically endangered due to habitat destruction, both by development and agricultural use, and by plant collection by carnivorous plant enthusiasts and commercial dealers. There are about 35 known populations now: 5 counties in Alabama, 1 county in Georgia and 1 county in North Carolina. Formerly it was found in 7 additional counties in GA & AL. It was also known in one county in Tennessee, which is why the distribution on the USDA map includes TN. The Nature Conservancy has acquired three sites, the single Georgia location, a site in North Carolina, and one other site.

S. oreophila grows from a rhizome which may produce multiple pitchers, flowers, and leaves. While rhizomes are the principal mode of reproduction, it also produces seeds from its interesting flower.

Reference: Recovery Plan Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, Atlanta, Georgia

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Distribution of Sarracenia oreophila in the United States and Canada:
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Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 24 Nov 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Reed Branch Wet Meadow Preserve, Towns County, GA Date: 2010-May-01Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
The green pitcher plant has a hooded opening into which insects are drawn by the odor, and are prevented from escaping by hairs within the plant, where the insect is digested.
Sarracenia oreophila

Site: Reed Branch Wet Meadow Preserve, Towns County, GA Date: 2010-May-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/30f/11 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
The blossom of the green pitcher plant droops from a smooth scape. Here you see the bracts, green sepals, and emerging petals, which will elongate and will become more yellow when the blossom is fully open.
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Sarracenia oreophila

Site: Reed Branch Wet Meadow Preserve, Towns County, GA Date: 2011-May-02Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The blossom of the Green Pitcher Plant nearly fully opened.
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Sarracenia oreophila

Site: Reed Branch Wet Meadow Preserve, Towns County, GA Date: 2010-May-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/5.3 ISO400
Sigma DG 120-400mm
165mm (247 equiv)
This cluster of pitchers and flower stalks are probably rising from single rhizome.
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Sarracenia oreophila

Site: Reed Branch Wet Meadow Preserve, Towns County, GA Date: 2010-April-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The Green Pitcher Plant grows in boggy areas that are similar to those found in coastal areas, sometimes along with other plants which are normally expected to be found in coastal regions. The areas where it grows have naturally reduced plant diversity (and thus reduced competition) by either routine flooding or by fire.

The Read Branch Wet Meadow Preserve is the only location in Georgia where the Green Pitcher Plant is found, and the only remaining low mountain seepage bog in Georgia. The Nature Conservancy manages the site, and permission must be obtained prior to a visit. Tread lightly and help preserve this rare plant and site!
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