Monday, July 5, 2010

Macro Monday - California Pitcher Plant






I was walking about near the nursery at the Botanical Gardens and saw this green color out of the corner of my eyes. As I got closer, the exotic nature of this plant mesmerized me. I knew nothing about it at the time and got very close to take some macro shots. Had I known at the time it was a carnivorous plant species, I would have taken the shots at a distance :D These were planted in a large planter box outside the nursery. From what I understand, they are supposed to have an unpleasant scent however I did not smell anything. Here is a link to the Wiki information page with some fascinating reading about this plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_californica



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34 comments:

RNSANE said...

This is a very interesting plant. Did you see it consuming any creatures?

Fhaye said...

Its kinda strange plant and by just looking at the picture, I may conclude that it doesn't smells good. :D Maybe its not on its full bloom on the day you saw it.

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Mumsy said...

What an exotic looking flower, and great macro shots!

Ann said...

That is a fascinating plant. I was watching a program on tv one time that was all about carnivorous plants and this was one of the ones they showed.

chasity said...

carnivorous plants are sooooo cool!

Johnathan said...

Great macro shot! I wish I had a california pitcher plant but I do have some other pitcher plant species that are finally taking off (I got them as cuttings and baby plants)

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

I would love to be able to find one of these growing in its native habitat - I think they are such interesting plants to grow and study. Joanne great shots. I think you'll be back there again to take some more photos of it.

Manang Kim said...

A very fascinating and interesting plant that is. A great super macro shot. Happy Monday!

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Kala said...

What an interesting plant. Thank you for sharing.

dawn said...

Cool macro shots Jo! The pitcher plant is our provincial flower - however, ours are more red than green... they grow wild here on the bogs. I think I'll go for a walk and find one to photograph!

DK Miller said...

Very interesting plant. Nice shots!

Dharma Shots said...

That plant is surely interesting with its curls and forms. Great macros too Joanne.

Self Sagacity said...

Unusual plant and a good lesson for me today. I didn't know about it.

Carletta said...

I had no idea they were carnivorous. After reading that your second shot reminded me of little green snake heads. :)
Cool post!

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Marilynne said...

Something about these plants make you feel crawly and disgusted. You've captured both their interesting shapes and their creepiness.

NatureFootstep said...

the link said Cobra Lily. But ypur photos are great.:)

SquirrelQueen said...

Very cool macro shots, I have always been fascinated by carnivorous plants. I would love to try to grow one of these. I really like the detail in your first photo.

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Fotobloggen 2010 said...

great macro, looks a bit alien.....
the second one with all shapes and textures is my favourite

namaki said...

this is such a crispy green ...

CM said...

What a unique plant! So cool. Good for you for having your camera with.

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lina said...

I love the vivid green.

lisaschaos said...

I love pitcher plants! Very nice find!

lisaschaos said...

We have pitcher plant here, in the bogs, it's so cool! These are wonderful photos! :)

Vernz said...

Hi joanna, this is so neat... love the texture... of that Pitcher plant.... thanks for seeing me...

Ratty said...

I don't know why, but as soon as I saw the pictures I thought of danger. Then after another part of that first second I saw the title. You captured the nature of this plant very well. I really like carnivorous plants.

VanillaSeven said...

Interesting plant. I am surely don't want that on my salad dish :)

☺lani☺ said...

awesome!

Gallicissa said...

Beautiful close ups!
Its monotypic genus sounds rather cool. :)

Gattina said...

I have never seen such a plant !
beautiful picture !

Dave said...

very interesting plant. excellent macros

Marie-Noyale said...

Could have snapped your finger right off!!!

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