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Northern Purple Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia purpurea


Bog in Maine, USA




Just about anywhere in the northeastern US with large sphagnum bogs, you can find the purple pitcher plant! The plants have downward-facing hairs on the lip of the pitcher which make it difficult for insects to hold on, falling into liquid-filled pitchers where they drown and decay into nutrients useful to the plant! I am amazed by plants that have adapted to killing and eating animal life. Take a closer look at any plant and see what odd hairs they have on them; they can appear to be prickly, soft and others are sticky and smelly!

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Matt Berger
Biodiversity fanatic. I find things. 12,000+ miles backpacked. Botanist. Plant, fungi and critter enthusiast
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