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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2011, 1:39 pm 
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It eats insects and it looks like a snake! Kind of like herping, right? On Thursday I drove up to the Sierras in search of one of the coolest plants in the US, the Cobra Lily or California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica). They are native to the northern Sierras and coastal Oregon, and tend to be found only on cold seeps in serpentine rock formations. Their closest relatives are the pitcher plants in the genus Sarracenia, which are only found in the eastern US and Canada.

Their tongues produce lots of nectar in the growing season to attract insect prey - the insects crawl up the tongue into the puffed head of the leaf, where escape is almost impossible due to a rim around the entrance. The insects then wander around until they lose their footing and fall down the back of the pitcher and drown. Unlike many carnivorous plants, Cobra Lilies apparently don't produce digestive enzymes in their fluid pools. Instead, the dead prey is broken down by bacteria and specialized endosymbiotic midge larvae, and the nutrients are absorbed the the plant.

They're pretty awesome.

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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2011, 3:00 pm 
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Love this post, Natalie! Thank you! :)


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PostPosted: October 23rd, 2011, 3:18 pm 
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Yup, that's pretty cool. Thanks for the natural history lesson.


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 Post subject: Re: Not sure where this should go...
PostPosted: October 24th, 2011, 6:34 pm 
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Thanks for the comments. I find myself wanting to go back up there and find another population, it's pretty much like herping. :lol:


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2011, 10:29 pm 
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Interesting stuff. Never heard of these before.

Thanks for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Not sure where this should go...
PostPosted: October 24th, 2011, 10:32 pm 

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Botaning is not herping and I totally made that word up...

Kinda cool I guesssss. Hahahaha


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PostPosted: October 25th, 2011, 6:56 am 
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It's in the Oxford-English Dictionary;

Botaning Def. To actively search for Botans. To Botan.


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 Post subject: Re: Not sure where this should go...
PostPosted: October 25th, 2011, 3:39 pm 
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LOL.

Originally I was going to refer to it as "planting" (to go along with herping, bugging, and birding), but I guess most people would just mistake that for gardening. Perhaps the act of looking for pitcher plants (which are the most common carnivorous plant design) could be called "pitchering", but no one would have a clue what that would be... Perhaps for the better? Most Sarracenid pitcher plants native to the US are endangered.


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PostPosted: October 25th, 2011, 5:47 pm 

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Well, so much for that idea. I guess I'm not clever after all. Haha


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PostPosted: October 26th, 2011, 8:00 pm 

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Pitchering in the title probably would have gotten me to read it three days ago. Fabulous post and very interesting, Art


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 Post subject: Re: Not sure where this should go...
PostPosted: October 27th, 2011, 3:26 am 
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Botanizing is the term most commonly used for searching for plants. Neat post. I haven't seen these in the field in a long time.


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