Re: How fast does Sarracenia purpurea grow?

From: Chris Teichreb (
Date: Mon Feb 01 1999 - 13:18:28 PST

Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 13:18:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Chris Teichreb <>
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Subject: Re: How fast does Sarracenia purpurea grow?

Hi Jerelyn,

> My undergraduate independent research has focused on the seed dispersal
> of _Sarracenia purpurea spp. purpurea_. I need to know what the growth rate
> of this plant is. None of the published articles that I have encountered
> mention this, because I think that most studies are too short to follow the
> growth of S. purpurea. My hope lies in "how to.." guides, etc. I think.
> Does anyone on this list know of any carnivorous plant grower's guides that
> would tell me the growth rate of S. purpurea?

        This is going to vary widely. I assume you wish to know how long
it takes until the plant is mature, well, in it's southern range, it will
grow a lot quicker as opposed to its northern extremes where winter lasts
a lot longer and the summer growing season is short. It will, of course,
also depend on soil differences. On a very rough average, S.purpurea will
take anywhere from 3 up to 8 years to mature. I think this is why it's
not reported in the scientific literature.

> Oh, and I cannot seem to get this list out of digest mode. Does anyone
> know the "command"?

        I think it's SET CP ACK (in the main body) sent to, however, don't take my word for it, it's in the
introductory e-mail you would have received when subscribing.

> Thanks!
> Jerelyn Parker

        Good luck with the project.


Chris Teichreb
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C.

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