pitcher plant

noun

Definition of pitcher plant 

: a plant (especially family Sarraceniaceae, the pitcher-plant family) with pitcher-shaped leaves in which insects are trapped and digested by means of a fluid secreted by the leaves

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The grounds of the Old U.S. Mint now hold Louisiana irises, carnivorous pitcher plants, pickerel weed, spider lily, aquatic milkweed, swamp goldenrod and swamp Sunflowers, all in a large sugar kettle. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 May 2018 The giant Nepenthes rajah pitcher plant that can trap a rat? Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018 Mature specimens of Osmanthus ilicifolius, Pinus stobus 'Nana' (Eastern white pine), azaleas and magnolias share the grounds with pitcher plants, pickerel rush and waterlilies. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 These pitcher plants carry out a quirky version of their family’s strategies for surviving in a nutrient-poor environment. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant," 7 Mar. 2018 After spending two days at Solon Dixon, the group will visit the Ruth McClellan Abronski Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, the world's largest population of pitcher plants. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL.com, "Fred Nation set to lead group to Solon Dixon Preserve," 5 Apr. 2018 Plants and animals featured in the exhibit include: Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, the panther chameleon, naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, electric eels, and the giant Pacific octopus, among others. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo to host 'Why So Curious' events in February," 24 Jan. 2018 While the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plant. smithsonianmag.com, "The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Mice," 30 Sep. 2017 Fire is the magic ingredient of a healthy longleaf forest, and a healthy pitcher plant bog. Ben Raines, AL.com, "This is how Alabama is supposed to look, and how Alabama used to look," 17 Oct. 2017

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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