Parrot Pitcher Plant - Parrot beaks
Sarracenia psittacina
Sarraceniaceae (Pitcher Plant) Family

Pitcher Plants have modified stems that grow from fleshy underground roots; no above ground stems. The preferred habitat is savannas, bogs and moist pine woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are hollow; somewhat flattened; erect to reclining; greenish with white spots and reddish veins. Hoods are beak-like (thus the name).

The flower is solitary on a tall stem; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; nodding; 5 reddish sepals; 5 reddish petals and numerous stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule

The reclining variety has formed large colonies on the Big Escambia creek near Flomaton, Alabama. The upright variety may be found in numerous bog locations along the Sepulga River near its junction with the Conecuh River, as well as numerous locations throughout Florida.

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