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Hooded Pitcher Plant  Sarracenia minor

The Hooded Pitcher Plant is a carniverous perennial herb found in 50 counties of the coastal plain of Georgia. The hooded pitcher plant, like other pitcher plants, thrives in acidic soils of open bogs and sphagnum seeps of swamps. Reasons for decline of the hooded pitcher plant are fire suppression, wetland draining, both resulting in habitat loss. Over collection has also resulted in a decline of the species.

The hooded pitcher plant is differentiated from other Sarracenia species by its translucent windows located near the apex. These windows aid the plant in trapping insects that have entered the plant. The insects are sometimes fooled into thinking the windows provide a safe exit from the plant, but rather encounter a translucent wall and fall back into the plant to be digested.

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