Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Sarracenia minor Walter
- Family: Pitcher-plant (Sarraceniaceae)
- Flowering: March-May
- Field Marks: This pitcher-plant has whitish areas on the pitchers, hoods that strongly arch over the mouth of the pitcher, and yellow petals.
- Habitat: Bogs, wet ditches, savannas, sandy ditches.
- Habit: Perennial herb with branched rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, bearing only a flower, longer or shorter than the pitchers.
- Leaves: All leaves hollow, elongated, tubular, forming the pitchers with a hood or lid at the top; pitchers up to 1 1/2 feet tall, rarely a little taller, borne in upright clusters, green or reddish, with conspicuous white markings; hood red or red-brown, strongly curving over the mouth of the pitcher, often persisting during the winter.
- Flowers: Solitary, nodding, dominated by a broad, umbrella-like, 5-lobed style that is positioned over the rest of the flower; style up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pale yellow.
- Sepals: 5, ovate-triangular, yellow-green, free from each other, up to 1 3/4 inches long.
- Petals: 5, yellow, free from each other, up to 2 inches long.
- Stamens: Numerous.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules brown, somewhat warty, splitting along 5 seams; seeds warty.
- Notes: The flowers are odorless.
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