Sorry for the delay… things got a bit busy here since school started up!
Ok, so where was I… Oh ya, our afternoon stop at Conecuh National Forest in southeastern Alabama. This for me was a must see because I’ve never seen S. flava growing in Alabama before. From what I understand they were none to common in the state to start. If you look at a map, Conecuh National Forest is a stones throw from the Florida border.
At this point, all the appendix 1 plant sites were visited, so now it was time to visit species that I’ve seen before, but to shake it up… going to sites I’ve never been to before.
The site we visited was on the north end of a lake, and looking at Google maps, there looks to be a lot of good habitat in the area. Sadly, time wasn’t something we had a lot of, so we only stopped at one site.
As we drove by, I spotted a few leucos from the road, nothing to write home about, but it was the only spot we could see. So after parking the vehicle, we walked toward the plants. Little did we know, it was just the start. As we approached the plants you could see in the distance that forest opened up in a huge bog! Literally filled with Sarracenia leucophylla, Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia psittacina. Can’t forget the other “usuals” for the area, Drosera capillaris and Drosera tracyii.
Spent a hour there our so, and noticed something interesting, the S. flava tended to prefer dryer habitat, not that it was dry by any means, but there was a natural slope, and the flava tended to be higher up the slope, come to think of it, the red flava bog, that we visited the next day exhibited the same preferences. There were spots where the flava and leuco mixed, but generally the flava grew near the top end of the slop and the leucos and psittacina at the lower end. More on that later.
Here are few pics of the plants we found there.
The last and final stop for the day was
Never been here before either and let me say… if you’re ever in Baldwin County, you need to visit this place. It it very well maintained and well signed. A very impressive preserve. The sad part, is by the time we got there, it was quite late and we didn’t have a ton of time to explore (need another trip!) We pretty much got only look only quickly through the main “show savnnah”. there is so much more.
We did see purpurea, leucophylla, psittacina, wherryii, and a number of different hybrids. The variability in the leucos there was very impressive, ones almost pure white, to red as pictured below. The red clearly being a result of introgression, but beautiful none the less.
A great way to end day three. We were now off to spend the night at one of the most amazing Sarracenia sanctuaries in Alabama… Bob Hanrahan’s property.