Sarracenia flava var. cuprea

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea2017-08-29T09:57:52+00:00

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Sarracenia flava var. cuprea

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea is a Yellow Trumpet pitcher plant, but as its name suggests, it has a copper hue – but just on its lid. This earned it the nickname of S. flava Coppertop. Because of its unique coloration, Coppertop is even more trumpet-ie than other trumpet pitchers. The pitcher plant’s lid resembles the brass bell of a trumpet and an overturned, pendulous flower looks like the main tuning slide of a trumpet. As with many S. flava varieties, flowers emerge early in the spring and emit a delightful odor – eau de cat urine.

Sarracenia flava is a variable species of North American pitcher plant and S. flava var. cuprea is distinct in its copper lid and green pitcher body. For some clones of S. flava var. cuprea, this copper coloration can fade as the season wanes.

Our copper-lidded pitcher plant hails from northwestern Florida and the Carolinas. Make sure you purchase your Sarracenia flava var. cuprea from reputable growers, and not poachers, to preserve these beauties in the wild!

Unique biology of Sarracenia flava var. cuprea

Trap characteristics

Pitchers of Sarracenia flava var. cuprea reach 20 to 36 inches (50.5-91.5 cm) tall at maturity. Largest pitcher creation occurs in late spring and into summer. Pitcher morphology is similar to that of other S. flavas with slender, hollow funnels, a flared mouth, and upright (copper-colored) lid.
The copper lids fade to green pitcher tubes with a mild-to-medium amount of reddish bronze venation.

Other notable characteristics

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea has downward pointing needle-like hairs on the underside of its copper lid and a second arsenal of hairs deeper within the pitcher, at its lowest point to prevent climbing insects from escaping. Where they’re not hairy and stabby, pitcher interiors are waxy and smooth, preventing insects from crawling their way to freedom. At the bottom of the pitcher, enzymes do their part to drown and digest an insect’s soft tissues. Digestive liquid levels rise as more insects are caught and pile higher within the pitcher.
Trumpet pitcher plants also produce phyllodia, a second type of leaf, in the late summer. Phyllodia are flat, long, straight or curled, and come to a point at their ends. They are not carnivorous. Unlike the pitchers that die back during dormancy, phyllodia can stick with the pitcher plant until the next growing season, perhaps providing a means to photosynthesize during winter months.

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