|Sarracenia psittacina subsp. var.||Lobster pot, Parrot pitcher plant|
It employs the same trapping mechanism as Darlingtonia californica, using a small entrance in the pitcher mouth, which prey goes through in search of more nectar that was produced by the plant on the rim of the pitcher mouth. The prey is then confused by light shining through what appear to be false exits (or "windows") and crawls toward the brighter area down into the pitcher. Criss-crossed downward-facing hairs densely line the interior of the pitcher, forcing the prey further into the pitcher to an area where digestive enzymes such as proteases are prevalent in the liquid. This species is frequently submerged in its native habitat and will capture water arthropods and tadpoles, for example, while submerged.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Sarracenia psittacina, Michx. (S. calceolata, Nutt. S. pulchella,Croom). Pitchers procumbent in radial rosettes, 2-6 in. long, enlarging from base to hooded apex, green with purple and white veins or areoles to claret-purple throughout; apex of tube psittacoid, forming with fused lid an incurved margin to pitcher-orifice; wing narrow to wide vertical in position: fls. 3/4- 1 1/4 in. wide, greenish purple to purple. Often abundant in pine-barren swamps of Ga., N. Fla., and westward to La.—This species flourishes well under cult. when treated as a semi-aquatic, that is with its roots largely submerged in water. CH
Pests and diseases
- Sarracenia psittacina f. heterophylla J. & J.Ainsworth (1996) nom.nud.
- Sarracenia psittacina var. minor Hook. (1834)
- ↑ D'Amato, Peter. 1998. The Savage Garden. Berkeley. ISBN 0-89815-915-6
- ↑ Schnell, Donald E. 2002. Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada, Second Edition. Timber Press: Portland, Oregon.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963