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Monday, March 31, 2008

My Town Monday

Last week I mentioned that the carnivorous plants were starting to bloom at the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve. Due to the interest generated, I've decided to dedicate an entire MTM post to this subject.
There are a few different trails at "the Flatwoods" (as Charles & I call it,) but the boardwalk offers the best views of the carnivorous plants, which is why it's called the "Pitcher Plant Trail."
There are various stations all along the Pitcher Plant trail. Here are the two about the carnivorous plants, themselves. They're highly informative, so I recommend clicking on them for the larger views;

The picture below shows one of the yellow pitcher plant flowers & a bunch of the pitchers, themselves.
There's an anole on the pitcher near the center of this next picture, taking advantage of the spot to eat incoming insects.
The carnivorous plants blooming right now are predominantly yellow pitcher plants & butterworts. In the next month, parrot pitcher plants will take over.

There are also bladderworts & sundews in the area. The former are somewhat difficult to see, as they tend to live in water & the latter haven't bloomed yet.

"My Town Monday" is the brainchild of Travis Erwin. Visit his blog to view entries from all over.
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35 comments:

Miladysa said...

Whow! I always imagined these types of plants were only to be found in deepest jungles or hot houses!

You photographs are always spot on!

Excellent post - thank you :-D

Charles Gramlich said...

Beautiful and deadly. Great pics.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My husband's the plant guy and he's gonna love these. Thanks. I guess they don't trasnfer to zone 5.

Lisa said...

These plants are amazing! I've only seen them at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. It must be so cool to see them growing in the wild. Beautiful shots, Lana!

ivan@creativewiting.ca said...

Fascinating. Wonderful post.

Travis Erwin said...

See, even plants know meat is tasty.

Barrie said...

I have a few boys who would to see these plants in action!

(Love how your post goes along with Travis' this week--in a carnivorous kind of way! :) )

Josephine Damian said...

Beautiful pics! I especially love the whimsical humor of those guide posters! Mmmmmm, bug stew! lol. Laughs for the kids, and great plant info as well.

Those parrot varieties look similar to Lady Slipper orchids.

You are lucky to have a park like this, here in FL they bulldoze eveything to make room for condos :-(

Travis: Plants: yes.
Josie: no

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; Thank you. We are in a subtropical climate here, which might explain it.

Charles; Thank you, sweetie.

Pattinase; I believe yellow pitcher plants can be purchased through various outlets as houseplants, actually.

Lisa; Thank you. They get even cooler in the Fall (pardon the pun,) when all of the pitchers turn bright red. Very lovely.

Ivan; Thanks. :)

Travis; Charles & I joked around one day--what if these plants were also mobile & hunted people? We'd be out there, having a walk...We hear something & stop. Turn to look--were those plants there a minute ago? *LOL*
It's probably good that they live so close--I'm sure they're keeping the local bug populations in check.

Barrie; I'm sure your boys would get a real kick out of them. If I could, I'd feed them fire ants all day long.

Josephine; I have to give full credit to The Nature Conservancy. But for them, this are might be condos, too. Actually a new, big, fancy neighborhood's going in right next door to this park. I only hope TNC renews their lease when the current 50 years are up.

cs harris said...

Nice pictures. Somehow, I hadn't expected these plants to be so pretty. I know, preconceived notions and stereotypes...

Lynda Lehmann said...

I just voted for you, Lana! Good luck--you GO Woman! :)

-Lynda

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...
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Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Your photos and post have taken my breath away!!! You know how I'm dying to see some greenery!!! WOOT!!! How wonderful you have such trails to follow. :D

How marvelous you have this family quality time. :D

Hugs, JJ

Monique said...

Lana, I just glanced at the pics because am in a hurry. Also have been off line for days due to internet and router problems and am catching up with everything and everyone. I'll be back shortly to have a better look. Take care.

Steve Malley said...

Still on my first pot of coffee, and here I am learning stuff!

Neat-o!!

WordVixen said...

How cool- I've actually seen those pitcher plants (those are the tubular ones, right?) before. I had no idea they were carnivorous!

Lana Gramlich said...

Candace; Those flowers are big, too. Probably about 2" tall.

Lynda; Thanks so much! I appreciate the help. :)

JJ; Down here in the deep South, we never really lost our greenery (which makes winters a whole lot more bearable.) It's been in the 70s since Feb.!
As for the family time, it helps that I have no kids & work part time. ;)

Monique; Sorry to hear about the problems! I hope you get caught up with things soon.

Steve; Coffee AND learning...does life get much better than that?

Wordvixen; I don't know that all tubular plants are carnivorous (I'm pretty sure Jack-in-the-pulpits aren't, for example,) but these are, anyway.

Travis said...

That was cool. I don't know a lot about plants, so I learned quite a bit.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Me, too. :)

alex keto said...

so that is where anole's come from. we had one as a pet but it croaked. still have a leopard gecko and white stripe gecko though

Lana Gramlich said...

Alex; I had 3 as pets when I was very young. I was a strange girl. *L*

Chris said...

Great post, I just love your spring plants growing now! What a nice hike!

The Anti-Wife said...

Those are some beautiful and deadly plants. How wonderful that TNC is doing so much to preserve them.

Marvin said...

A really cool post with some great photos, Lana. I've always been fascinated by carnivorous plants, but have never known any personally.

(I voted. You're ahead.)

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Stunning photos! We get a few carnivores such as sundews etc here, but don't often see them in the wild.

Had to laugh, I've just done a post on a carnivorous plant before I called in. Liked the smurshes glass strips, btw.

Britta Coleman said...

Creepy and beautiful. Thanks for the post!

lyzzydee said...

Great plants!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris, Britta & Lyzzydee; Thank you!

Anti-wife; Agreed. At "the Flatwoods," they not only protect the carnivorous plants but also local longleaf pines & some highly endangered plants which are found nowhere else in the world.

Marvin; These plants were pretty new to me, too. They're really cool! (Thanks for the vote! ;)

Julie; Thanks & how ironic!

Erik Donald France said...

Exotic, springy. In Detroit this morning, 28 degrees F. and the rats & pigeons are jumpin'

Aye Carumba!

Shauna Roberts said...

Cool plants and pictures. Most were new to me. I don't think we have anything like that in California. Probably not enough bugs.

Lana Gramlich said...

Erik; Gads, that's horrible! *hugs*

Shauna; Unless you count politicians, of course. ;)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! Love the photos!

Lana Gramlich said...

2sweetnsaxy; You should see them in "real" life. Very lovely!

Larry said...

Great plants-What a cool nature preserve! I got a big kick out of the umm bug stew comments.Someone hjas a nice sense of humor.

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