Florida is host to a lot of interesting plants but I think the pitcher plant is the most unusual. My sister and her husband bought a piece of property with a pond on it and I was thrilled when I saw the pitcher plants. I now have a large file of photos displaying the plant and I didn’t fall into the pond taking the photos. I think this is a nepenthes species.
Pitcher plants have a very sweet smelling nectar that lures an insect into dinner. Along with the plants coloration and sweet smell they have no idea it’s a trap. The insect lands on the slippery rim and falls in and with the walls just as slippery they have no way out. It’s the plant that gets to eat dinner! The pitcher is actually a swelling of the mid-vein of the leaf and the liquid in the bottom is a digestive fluid. It’s a beautiful and unusual plant but it is a deadly trap.
This is the flower of the pitcher plant. The green ball holds a bunch of little seeds. It blooms every spring and is very colorful. God’s creation is most unusual and does make life interesting.