Autauga County, Alabama
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About the Alabama Canebrake Pitcher-Plant
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Alabama Canebrake Pitcher-Plant
Table of Pesticide Active Ingredients
|PICLORAM (all forms)||29|
Limitations on Pesticide Use
|14b||Do not apply this pesticide in the species habitat (described under the Shading Key), nor within 100 feet of the habitat.|
|29||Do not apply this pesticide in the species habitat (described under the Shading Key). In addition, for ground applications, do not apply within 20 yard of the habitat, nor within 100 yards for aerial applications.|
Alabama canebrake pitcher-plant [Sarraceniaceae]
Alabama canebrake pitcher plant is an insectivorous herb that can grow up to 20 inches tall. The pitcher-like leaves of this plant serve to trap insects which are digested for nutrients. Maroon flowers appear from late April to early June along with small capsule shaped fruit. It is found in sandhill seeps, swamps, and bogs along the fall line of central Alabama and grows best in saturated, acidic, peaty soils in full sunlight.
Canebrake pitcher plant is known to occur only in central Alabama from 12 sites in Autauga, Chilton, and Elmore counties. Four sites support healthy, reproducing populations that range in size from 70 to over 300 plants. Two populations are considered limited and consist of fewer than 50 plants at each site, while the remaining populations hold fewer than 20 plants. All known sites are privately owned.
There are a variety of reasons for the delcline of this species including drainage of boggy habitat, use of herbicides, and natural plant sucession. Current, localized populations are affected by gravel mining and overgrowth of woody plants. Recovery of this species depends on efforts of landowners to protect the Alabama canebrake through active habit management with controlled burns or mechanical thinning of woody vegetation.