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Darlingtonia! | by Jonathan Lidbeck
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Darlingtonia!

Charismatic pitcher plants near the Oregon Coast.

 

Darlingtonia, also known as cobra lily, cobra orchid... though they are neither orchid nor lily nor cobra.

 

They thrive in this rainy season and share their small boggy patch with grasses, ferns, and swamp lanterns. Their trick is to lure insects up into their eaves with sweet-smelling nectar, and passively trap the insects in their disorienting twisted internal tube, confusing them further with translucent skylights at the top.

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Uploaded on March 27, 2016