Friday, November 18, 2011

Mark Catesby: Sarracenias

Mark Catesby (1682-1749) included two Sarracenias in this watercolor: Sarracenia catesbaei and Sarracenia minor, which may be compared to an illustration by William Bartram. Catesby's belief was that these two plants were actually a single species at different stages. The toad is Bufo terrestris and the click beetle, food for this particular toad, has the scientific name of Deilelater atlanticus.

A few facts about Mark Catesby

A few facts about Sarracenia catesbaei
1. It is a hybrid of Sarracenia Flava and Sarracenia Purpurea; the former is tall (18-36 inches in height) and the latter is short, about 10 inches. The catesbaei is about 12-18 inches tall.
2. The plant is native to bogs in coastal plains from Virginia to South Carolina.
3. Plants are dormant in winter.
4. Among the carnivorous plants, it has a reputation as being easy to grow.

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