What Is a Green Pitcher Plant?


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A green pitcher plant is an endangered carnivorous plant with the Latin name Sarracenia oreophila. The pitcher plant possess unique pitcher-shaped leaves that easily catch unsuspecting prey. Pitcher plants are yellow to green in color and can grow as high as 30 inches.

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What Is a Green Pitcher Plant?
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The inner sides of the pitcher leaves are fuzzy in texture and are lined with purple veins. The leaves contain a sticky enzyme liquid that digests fallen prey. Once digested, the nutrients absorb into the pitcher plant's tissues.

Green pitcher plants are commonly found in moist environments, such as seepage bogs and boggy stream banks. They grow in northeast Alabama, southwest North Carolina and northeast Georgia, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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