Re: Water in S. purp.:explanation

Kenneth Hyers (
Wed, 24 Aug 1994 23:23:59 -0400 (EDT)


Just thought I'd elaborate on the self-emptying S. purp. As I
mentioned the plant is a hybrid. I picked it up at the North Carolina
Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. The plant was unidentified, but it
seems obvious that it has strong S. purp. parentage. It has the
characteristic wide open mouth but stands at a 45 degree angle and does
not rest part of the pitcher on the ground as S. purp. does. Also the
pitcher does not grow as fat as normal S. purp does. When the pitcher
fills with water after a rain the weight of the water in the pitcher
causes it to bend over and the excess water then runs out.