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Miller, Holmes O.
Darlingtonia californica Torr.
California pitcherplant, Cobra Plant
USDA Symbol: daca5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Several tubular leaves with hood-like tops grow in a cluster; 1 yellow-green and maroon flower hangs at the tip of a leafless stalk.
Insects, or other small organisms, attracted to the nectar secreted by the hood and appendages, enter the hole beneath the hood. Once inside, numerous down-pointing hairs discourage escape, and they are decomposed by microorganisms in the fluid in the tubular base. Nutrients thus released are absorbed by the Cobra Plant.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CA , OR , WA Native Distribution:
Most of western Oregon to northwestern California and the central Sierra Nevada. Native Habitat:
Coastal bogs and mountain streams and seeps. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Plant identification, green and tube-like
September 18, 2008
LOOKING FOR NAME OF A GREEN TUBE-LIKE PLANT (SHAPED LIKE A CALLA LILY). THE VEINS ARE VISIBLE. MAYBE IN CLUSTER
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff