The Yellow Pitcher Plant stem is modified into an underground
rhizome, thus no aboveground stem. Its preferred habitat is savannas
and moist pinelands. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia
The leaves are hollow, hooded. Along the seem of the large
leaf is a wing-like flange, thus the Latin species name, alata,
Flowers are solitary on the stem, bisexual in nature and
symmetrical in form. Each flower is nodding. Its makeup is 5
yellowish-green petals and 5 sepals; numerous stamens. Flowering
usually occurs in the spring before the leaves emerge. The flowers
are radially symmetrical. All parts of the flower are attached
at the base of the ovary, topped by an umbrella-like style.
Fruit is a reddish-brown capsule; seen at the point of
joining stem and sepals.
Pitcher plants are carnivorous herbs with tubular leaves
and large, nodding flowers borne singly or in racemes at the
end of a long stalk.