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Sarracenia psittacina var. okefenokeensis, Parrot Pitcher Plant in habitat, Marion County, Georgia | by Brad Wilson, DVM
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Sarracenia psittacina var. okefenokeensis, Parrot Pitcher Plant in habitat, Marion County, Georgia

The Sarracenia rubra and psittacina presented here are part of one of the most unique ecosystems in Georgia - the Fall Line Sandhills. The S rubra plants are believed to be a separate variant based on unique morphometric characters and are believed by some to be the 'ancestral' variant bridging between the S rubra var rubra of the Atlantic coast to the S rubra gulfensis and S rubra var wherryi on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

 

Unfortunately these variants currently are only names based on morphometric differences. We are still awaiting published genetics data that may add information to better understanding of the relationships between variants of this complex.

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Taken on May 18, 2014