Downward Pointing Hairs

Fig. 3-27 Longitudinal-section of Heliamphora pitcher. The lowermost region has sharp downward pointing hairs. The middle region is smooth, offering no foothold to an insect. The uppermost region has long flexible hairs intermingled with nectar glands. The lid contains numerous necta secreting glands.

  1. nutans Bentham. Pitchers 4-6 in. (10-15 cm) long with a constriction near the top. Internal surface of hood is red. Flower white turning red. H. tatei Gleason.
  2. tatei Dendroid growth reaching heights of 3-5 ft. (0.9-1.5 m) in dense populations, growing to 13 ft. (4 m) in open areas. Pitchers reach 14 in. (36 cm) in length growing from shrubby stems. Pitchers internally pubescent, perianth 4 parted, white turning red. var. macdonaldae Same as var. tatei except pitchers are internally glabrous save at the mid-zone.

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