Sarracenia alata

Description: Tubular leaves that arise from a branching rhizome with strong to no veining on the interior. The lid overhangs the mouth of the pitcher and can be wavy or flat, varying in length and width. Flowers are 5-petaled and yellow to whitish-yellow, and appear in mid-spring. Sepals may turn a bronze or red later in the season as petals fall off. Phyllodial (noncarnivorous) leaves are rare. Sarracenia alata is the only Sarracenia species native to Texas and is unlikely to be confused with any other plant.

Ecology: Pine savannahs and hillside seepage bogs, in open areas. Often found alongside other carnivorous species like Utricularia and Drosera capillaris. Goes dormant in winter, dying down to the rhizome.

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