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Pitcher Plant Meadow, Deer Lake State Park, FL

2016 is the year when I found out what our park is becoming, which is restored to what it was naturally, before degradation. Plus enhanced for what it can be with management.

Discovery

On May 10, 2016 a park service ranger told us about the beautiful trumpet flowers on a site that was being recovered at least a year ago. On May 13, I found them. I think this is near DL06_01 on the Areas to Clear map. Click any image to see an enlargement. Discussion follows below.

IC2016-01   IC2016-02   IC2016-03   IC2016-04   IC2016-05   IC2016-06   Pitcher plants in Deer Lake State Park, 5/13/2016   IC2016-07 IC2015-08  Arrow-shaped pitcher

The first image has a green white-topped fence post that biologists use to mark the corner of the area or vegetative monitoring blocks to keep track of the progress of the recovery. Since the mid-1990s when the park started, there has been an effort to clear seepage slopes, prairies, the wetlands areas where carnivorous plants formerly grew. The degradation is mainly due to lack of fire to control the spread of the forest. But fire alone is not a cure. The plants thrive with low nutrients. Which means clearing the biomass.

Pin flags mark white-fringed orchid seedlings planted by the biologists. Seeds gathered from orchid plants in the park were propagated at the Atlanta Botanical Garden to return to suitable restored areas.

These plants are trumpet-leaved or yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) varieties. Previously I called them green pitchers for the color. But they probably are not green pitcher plants (Sarracenia oreophila).

Meadow beauty flower on the Pitcher Plant Meadow Plus pageFor photos of other things there, see Pitcher Plant Meadow Plus.

I took all these photos standing on the edge, not wanting to trample or diminish these beauties in any way. Here's another view:

This area is called a wet prairie. Back to 2016 or Restore 2016 page.

 

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