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pitcher plant

n.
Any of various carnivorous plants chiefly of the genera Sarracenia, Nepenthes, and Darlingtonia, having tubular fluid-filled leaves that absorb nutrients from trapped insects.

pitcher plant

n
(Plants) any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Nepenthes, and Cephalotus, having leaves modified to form pitcher-like organs that attract and trap insects, which are then digested. See also huntsman's-cup

pitch′er plant`


n.
any of various insectivorous bog plants of the family Sarraceniaceae, with hooded, pitcher-shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.pitcher plant - any of several insectivorous herbs of the order Sarracenialespitcher plant - any of several insectivorous herbs of the order Sarraceniales
carnivorous plant - plants adapted to attract and capture and digest primarily insects but also other small animals
order Sarraceniales, Sarraceniales - plants that are variously modified to serve as insect traps: families Sarraceniaceae; Nepenthaceae; Droseraceae
common pitcher plant, huntsman's cup, huntsman's cups, Sarracenia purpurea - perennial bog herb having dark red flowers and decumbent broadly winged pitchers forming a rosette; of northeastern North America and naturalized in Europe especially Ireland
hooded pitcher plant, Sarracenia minor - yellow-flowered pitcher plant of southeastern United States having trumpet-shaped leaves with the orifice covered with an arched hood
huntsman's horn, huntsman's horns, Sarracenia flava, trumpets, yellow pitcher plant, yellow trumpet - pitcher plant of southeastern United States having erect yellow trumpet-shaped pitchers with wide mouths and erect lids
California pitcher plant, Darlingtonia californica - marsh or bog herb having solitary pendulous yellow-green flowers and somewhat twisted pitchers with broad wings below
sun pitcher - any of several herbs of Guiana highlands having racemes of nodding white or pink flowers; trap and digest insects in pitcher-shaped leaves with spoon-shaped caps
tropical pitcher plant - any of several tropical carnivorous shrubs or woody herbs of the genus Nepenthes
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Carnivorous pitcher plant traps rarely catch much, but their lackadaisical hunting turns out not to be so lame after all.
Nature's own model for this approach is the notorious pitcher plant, which coats its interior lining in a similar way to create a slippery slope trapping insects that fall in.
Conservation actions include regular burning of the pitcher plant wetland habitat essential for this species as well as limiting timber harvest and restriction of recreational vehicles in the dry season.
These interesting plants are not native to this area, but the plants growing here are hardy in the mountains: yellow pitcher plant, fluted red pitcher plant, and white-topped pitcher plant.
Between the deck and my kitchen, I have a dozen varieties of succulents, a 15-year-old geranium, a pitcher plant, some orchids, two spider plants, and some air plants and staghorn ferns scattered around.
He is accused of importing two endangered species - two canebrake pitcher plants and one green pitcher plant - without the correct permits.
These pitcher plants are among the hardiest, especially Sarracenia purpurea, the purple pitcher plant.
Larry Mellichamp (personal communication) has observed it over the past 40 years in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Garden, where it has come in as spores to pitcher plant bogs and other areas that receive supplemental water.
The team will work to develop manufacturing and integration strategies for its core pathogen-binding opsonin and Spleen-on-a-Chip fluidic separation technologies, as well as a novel coating technology called "SLIPS," which is a super-hydrophobic coating inspired from the slippery surface of a pitcher plant that repels nearly any material it contacts.
And where nature was interrupted, Poore stepped in to help; he created a pitcher plant bog from a leaky pond created by a "borrow pit" from the old railroad.
THE PITCHER plant, known as Nepenthes in French, is the inspiration behind the latest Koali frames design available from Caseco.
The film in the pitcher plant is water-based, and is slippery enough to repel the oils on the feet of insects, causing them to slide into the digestive system of the plant.