Bog of the pitcher-plants


Sarracenia puprurea are the only species of pitcher plant that grow native on Long Island, NY. Once there were populations across the island, now there are only a few locations left, primarily in the pine barrens around the Peconic River in eastern Suffolk County. They have been observed on floating Sphagnum bogs in coastal plains ponds, in sunny meadows of Sphagnum moss under power lines, and in Sphagnum bogs on the edges on slow moving tributaries of the Peconic River, or in the peaty soil with Atlantic White Cedar in those bogs. Many other carnivorous plants accompany them in their habitats, Drosera rotundifolia are always found, Drosera intermedia usually as well. In two locations, the hybrid Drosera x belezeana (Drosera rotundifolia x intermedia) have been found with the pitcher plants. Bladderworts such as Utricularia gibba are often seen, and U. juncea, U. purpurea, U. macrorhiza have been observed growing alongside them in many locations as well. Although for most of the locations, their populations seem to be doing quite well, in a few sites there seem to have dwindling numbers. It is unfortunate that this curious plant has been extirpated from many of their former locations on Long Island, and it is hoped that the remaining populations will continue to persist well into the future.


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