The Pitcher Plants of Kingfisher Landing

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.

Hooded Pitcher Plant; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. November 12, 2021 along the Kingfisher Landing canoe trails. ©www.williamwisephoto.com

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!

Trumpet Pitcher Plant; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. November 12, 2021.

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!

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