There are few places in the world that rival the Okefenokee Swamp for viewing Pitcher Plants. And there are few places in the Okefenokee that rival the Kingfisher Landing trails when it comes to abundance and accessibility. The canoe trails in this area are lined with some of the tallest pitchers in the Swamp.
On a recent paddling northwest from Kingfisher Landing toward Double Lakes, I was guiding a fellow naturalist and we took several opportunities to stop and photograph the carnivorous Pitcher Plants. Since they lined the narrow canoe trails, they were quite easy to photograph. We simply lodged the canoe up onto some nearby floating peat beds and fired away!
The Hooded Pitcher Plant is more abundant and is easily identified by its curved top, or hood. The variety Hooded Pitcher Plants found within the Okefenokee Swamp can grow quite tall – up to three feet in height – and are therefore given the name Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis. Another pitcher, though less abundant, the Trumpet Pitcher, Sarracenia flava, is also tall and tubular, but has a more open cap. Both are beautiful sights along the Okefenokee’s canoe trails, especially for those fond of carnivorous vegetation!
Thanks for sharing, William. I appreciate your blog because you notice the little things that are really the big things in life, while others would simply pass right on by. Blessings.
Love these plants that were so abundant when I was a kid growing up in the north Florida woods.