Difficult Identifications

With some experience and care, one will have very teristics in the hybrid. This can be quite interesting, little trouble identifying species °f Sarracenia in the and with some experience, you will gain perspective field. The only three species that closely resemble one enough to analyze readily most hybrids. another in some ways are S. flava, S. oreophiia, and S. alata. 5. oreophiia is completely restricted to its range in northeastern Alabama and is becoming so rare that the casual observer is unlikely to come upon it except in collections of live plants. The pale flower and sharply curved phyllodia are characteristic. S. flava and S. alata can be found in the same bogs in a few instances around Mobile Bay, where their otherwise separate ranges intersect. A careful comparison of the photographs will show that S. flava has a much more pronounced and reflexed column, a larger and flatter lid, and a more widely flaring mouth. Flower differences are also present and can be used for identification if one comes upon the plants in that stage: the petals of S. flava are bright yellow and strap-shaped, and there is a strong feline odor, while the petals of S. alata are a paler yellow and more rounded, and the musty odor is far less strong. When 5. alata is growing in good sunlight, the external surface of the pitcher is more likely to be a diffuse, pale, yellow-green with fine red veins, and in many examples of the plant the uniformly dark red color of the inner lid and column is distinct from the purple splotch and coarser vein patterns of typical examples of 5. flava.

In larger bogs, especially on the Gulf coastal plain, one will surely come across hybrids. Some of the more

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