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The Weirdest Plant I Have Ever Seen

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Last week, I wrote about the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL. While the botanical gardens were very nice and made for a lovely afternoon, I was disappointed by the lack of flowers due to the year (although there were gorgeous orchids). But I would be remiss not to the mention what is easily the weirdest plant I have ever seen: the Pitcher Plant, which got its name from its incredible leaves that are just like water pitchers. Now, I'm no botanist (and if I was then I would have known not to expect a lot of flowers during an early February cold snap), but this plant was pretty amazing. It's like a Venus Fly Trap on steroids. I can see how the insects are lured into the Pitcher Plant because I was so tempted to poke my finger into the leaves — and hide something in there. Don't worry, I didn't.

One Response to The Weirdest Plant I Have Ever Seen

  1. Cerebral Barbedwire March 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    I have always been fascinated with plants that eat bugs. Nice article.
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