The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture
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Did you know that… the California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica) is insectivorous, meaning it gets part of its sustenance from live prey? The “modified leaves, 8 inches to 2 feet long…widen upward in trumpet fashion and end in a sinister-looking broad hood from which hangs a two-lobed crimson and green appendage, the whole fancifully suggesting the head of a cobra. The hood, translucent with opaque spots, admits filtered light to the interior of the pitcher which is partially filled with a digestive fluid usually containing, in various stages of decay, the bodies of unwary insects attracted by the carrion odor.”