If you check out Kiwiearl's earlier post in the alata section, you will notice he is growing plants from the same county. There is a lot of variation in S. alata from Perry County, but the most notable ones are the individuals with the "robin-hood" like lids. I may have one or two that looks that way, but so far, there aren't any with that characteristic that are worth photographing just yet.
These are some crappy shots below, but I wanted to give everyone an idea of what they look like. Some of these clones have turned red last year in mid summer/early fall, and now that they're getting bigger, I hope we can see them to their fullest potential this year:
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2020 12:53:44 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Nice update. Yeah, those Perry County traits are evident in these lovely pitchers.
My Perry County alata have always been extremely vigorous plants i.e, the growth point production is simply phenomenal and almost hard to keep up with in terms of preventing them from becoming pot bound from year to year. After division you are left with many many new specimens. The Robin Hood (I posted pics of this earlier as Mike says) clone is the most extreme in this - never known a Sarracenia like it. If I'm honest, it actually annoys me!
thanks kiwiearl! Interesting observation-under my care, these seem to be slightly prone to rot, and while they are fast growing, it's about standard for S. alata. I think you have a super-clone!
In reference to the photo above, there might be one individual with the robin hood characteristics, but it's a runt and a lot slower growing (so far). who knows-sometimes they're slow to start, but then are the fastest grower once they reach maturity.
Its amazing how similar this clone of S. alata is to S. jonesii from Greenville County, SC! Here is a photo I just snapped this morning. They look even more like your S. alata later in the season. But deep red flowers instead of white, so its hard to imagine one evolved from the other.
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2012 18:04:16 GMT -5 by mbfmark
Funny you mentioned that...my friend recently got married, and I brought some monster specimens of S. alatas from Stone Co, MS for decoration. While we were eating, my girlfriend pointed out that some kids were checking out the traps, looking inside to see what they caught.
I think they had the same idea in mind as you Kiwiearl-they were trying to figure out how the lid opens and closes, and they were lifting the lids up and down to see if they worked! Always awesome to see the next generation fascinated by these plants-gives me hope for the future!
The question is, are these fancy names valid? In the previous photo, one can argue that these S. alatas look like S. alata var. nigropurpurea, since the body has turned red when grown under greenhouse conditions. Granted, the red coloration can likely become more intense in the fall, especially when grown in a greenhouse.
Outdoors, these exact same clones look clearly like S. alata var. rubrioperculata, which is a fancy way of saying there's red under the lid. With this clone, the red extends into the throat, creating an exceptional example of the variety. With the new names comes new controversies:
photos taken 10/6/13 of what appears to be S. alata var. rubrioperculata Perry Co, MS:
Lovely plants Mike. Must make for enjoyable contemplation. Isn't it great just taking time to leave the World behind for a time and just observed the plants. Incredibly soothing I've always found. Almost as much as riding my unicycle.
These Perry Co. clones can grow like weeds with incredible exponential growth point production each season - even for S.alata!
What KE said. Great plant Mike. The contrast of the dark red lip against the green upper tube is beautiful - brings to mind a Nepenthes. One of those cases where less red color actually brings out the plant's features better, IMHO
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