Re: (...) S. purpurea

Jan Schlauer (
Tue, 22 Aug 1995 13:12:21 +0100

Dear Liane,

>Since the plant doesn't play an active role in killing and
>digesting it's prey (once lured into the pitcher they simply drown), (...)

Sorry but this seems to be simply wrong. Does the presence of bacteria in
our intestines prove that we do not produce pepsin, trypsin, and
chymotrypsin there? Proteolytic activity in (unopened) pitchers of
_Sarracenia purpurea_ (and the other species of this genus) has been
demonstrated previous to LLOYD, already. I do not know why these results
are not properly cited in more recent literature (especially by people who
would like _Brocchinia_ to be called a cp ;-)).

Kind regards