Re: Sarracenia Smells

Robert Beer (
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 16:52:02 -0700 (PDT)

Only S. purpurea really works as a "pool" type of trap. The other
pitchers rarely have lots of water, just a little in the bottom. I think
it is more a matter of keeping the contents moist so that they will
digest/decompose. If you add water to a S. flava, it will probably just
fall over anyway.

D. califorica does seem to often have about an inch in the bottom, but
once that inch is filled, most insects are just kept moist I suspect.


On Sun, 4 Jun 1995, Clarke Brunt wrote:

> > I have observed the same thing in my greenhouse. It seems that
> > when they catch a lot of flies quickly there is not enough
> > pitcher fluid to cover the insects so either:
> The pitchers on my Sarracenias certainly get so full that insects
> are way above any fluid that might be in there. How far up a pitcher
> might you expect fluid to come? Does anyone add water to their
> pitchers? I know that the lids on some species make a fairly good
> cover from rain, but does it rain where they grow, and does it get
> into the pitchers? You'd need pretty clever rain to get into a
> Darlingtonia though (opening points downwards, in case anyone doesn't
> know).
> Another question came up the other day. I was saying how easy it was
> to germinate Sarracenia seed provided it was chilled was a while.
> Someone asked "Why? Surely it doesn't get cold where they grow".
> I didn't really know, so how cold does it get in Sarracenia habitats?
> --
> Clarke Brunt (