|Pitcher plants of the genus Sarracenia|
catch insects in hollow fluid-filled
leaves, and have large red, yellow, or
What we do have here are six species of pitcher plants (Sarracenia), five species of sundew (Drosera), six species of butterwort (Pinguicula), and 14 species of bladderwort (Utricularia). Each is different in how it catches its prey.
|Sarracenia flava is known to produce an alkaloid|
drug that renders insect prey unable to crawl out of
|The opening of the pitcher invites insects with mottled|
coloration and prevents their escape with small, slippery
|Sarracenia purpurea collects rainwater to fill its traps. This is the most widespread species,|
extending from the Florida panhandle all the way up into Canada.
|The traps of Sarracenia psitticina lay along the ground and when flooded|
can catch small fish and other aquatic animals.
|Sarracenia leucophylla occurs in the Florida panhandle and neighboring states,|
like most of the other species.
|Sarracenia minor has a curved top that limits the amount of rainwater that can get into the trap. This is the only species occurring south of the Florida panhandle region, and is found as far south as Hillsborough and Highlands Counties.|
|The long, grayish strands in this boggy roadside|
are leaves of Drosera tracyi.
|Drosera capillaris is common on wet|
sandy slopes throughout Florida.
|Drosera brevifolia is similar to D.|
capillaris, but flowers tend to be
larger and there are sticky glands
on the flower stalk.
|The leaves of Drosera tracyi and D. filiformis|
unroll like the fiddleheads of a fern frond.
|Pinguicula pumila is common in central|
Florida and comes with white, bluish, or
|The traps of Pinguicula are simple, sticky|
|Pinguicula caerulea has sky blue flowers.|
|The flowers of Utricularia inflata emerge from|
star-like floating rosettes. Large, highly-
dissected trap-bearing leaves are beneath.
|A large population of Utricularia inflata|
in a central Florida cypress swamp.
|Utricularia subulata grows on wet sand,|
often near Drosera capillaris.
|Utricularia gibba is invisible until it sends|
up its tiny yellow flowers.