side-saddle plant

Liane Cochran-Stafira (
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 09:23:50 -0500

>From Kevin Snively's recent literature post:

> They are far more advanced and developed water-trap
>setters. The Canadian side-saddle plant allures insects to its
>vase-shaped leaves, which are filled with sugar and water. This
>is just the same plan which we ourselves employ to catch flies
>when we trap them in a glass vessel by means of a sweetened
>and sticky liquid.

Jan - As our resident plant name etymologist, do you have any ideas on how
S. purpurea got this name? Maybe I just don't really know what a
side-saddle looks like, but I fail to see the resemblance. Is it the
pitcher or the flower that's supposed to bear a resemblance to the saddle?

Liane Cochran-Stafira