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Sarraceniaceae / Pitcherplant
Green Pitcherplant (Sarracenia oreophila)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial.
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. The plant has both pitcher leaves, and shorter flat sickle shaped leaves that appear after the flower and may persist through the winter. The pitchers can reach 75cm (30") in length and be 10cm (4") wide at the mouth though they are often much shorter. The pitchers are often marked with purple veins.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts. They are green and yellow-green. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into late spring. The scape curves at the end so that the flower points down. There are five sepals and five petals.
Habitat: Wet areas, bogs swamps and moist woods and sandy floodplans.
Range: Known from several sites in north east Alabama, a few places in Georgia and North Carloina. Once known from Tennessee. Very rare.

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Federally Endangered this species is rare throughout its range. Once much more common, much of its habitat has been lost to draining of wetlands. Other populations have been decimated or destroyed due to digging of the plant by unscrupulous dealers and gardeners. Digging of this plant is a despicable act that is totally unnecessary because it is easily propagated from seed. (Protected Plants of Georgia)

Similar Species: See: Pitcherplant, Sarracenia

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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