Cobra lily – Darlingtonia californica
The rare Cobra Lily is a one-man wolf pack (…snake pack?), the only one species within its genus. It is native to regions of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Darlingtonia californica is closely related to other Sarracenia pitcher plants, but it exhibits unique physiological differences from its cousins.
The Cobra has an unusual broad curved head of the pitcher, which opens downward, unlike all the other pitcher plants; this, combined with the pointed forked leaf at the mouth of the plant gives the plant an undeniable resemblance to the famous hooded snake for which it gets its name. Apparently this isn’t enough to scare off insect, because Darlingtonia californica is a voracious insectivore.