|Sarracenia minor subsp. var.||Hooded pitcher plant|
The specific epithet minor means "small" and refers to the typical size of the pitchers. The common name refers to the characteristic lid of this species.
The plant can be found in the coastal regions of northern Florida up to the southern part of North Carolina. An especially large form, with pitchers up to four feet high, grows in the Okefenokee marshes.
The typical form is a relatively small plant with pitchers 25-35 cm in height. S. minor and S. psittacina are the only species in the genus to employ domed pitchers with translucent white patches that allow light to enter. It has been suggested that the light shining through these patches attracts flying insects further into the pitcher and away from the pitcher's mouth in a similar manner to Darlingtonia californica and two Nepenthes species, N. aristolochioides and N. klossii. The tubes are mostly green throughout, but can also be reddish in the upper part. Flowering occurs from March to May. Flowers are yellow in colour.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Sarracenia minor, Walt. (S. variolaris, Michx. S. adunca, Smith). Pitchers erect, 8-24 in. long, gradually enlarging upward, with white areoles and often brownish red streaks above; lid cucullate, incurved over orifice; wing broadest in middle, narrowed above and below: ft. 1-2 in. wide, with pale yellow petals. Moist savanna lands, S. N. C. to N. Fla. CH
Pests and diseases
- Sarracenia minor var. multipetala Komiya ex Hinode-Kadan (1985) nom.nud.
- Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis Schnell (2002)
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963