Carnivorous Plants of Northern Florida in HD


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Enjoy the growing site of wonderful Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora. This red form is seriously endangered by poaching and the number of plants is declining from year to year. Also large Dionaea grow here in full bloom. Not far away we are able to film a site with large Pinguicula planifolia "giant". In Tate's hell we stumble across Drosera brevifolia and are shaken to the score to see the very sad results of heavy poaching with our own eyes. As Brian reports from his own experience, the beautiful pink form of Sarracenia leucophylla at Tate's Hell has been poached since years for use in the floral industry, and meanwhile only very small remnants survived, which will probably soon disappear from their natural habitat if the poaching does not end.

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Siggi-thanks so much for sharing yet another great video! If the video was shot in 2011, keep in mind there was an extreme drought that year, which really took a toll on the plants. In the video, it looked like some of the S. flava rugelii's only produced one or two pitchers, but if you look at all the dead leaves, surrounding the clump, it can be inferred the plants were pretty big and healthy in previous years.

Poaching has serious impacts on small, fragmented populations like the S. leucophylla in Tate's hell. However, I want to reiterate that aside from habitat desctruction, a new and much more serious threat is the application of herbicides. In the past, these herbicides weren't used very often, but recently, say in the past decade, the government has been using a lot more than ever, probably because it's more cost efficient than having someone manually "bush-hog" the area, which is a southern term meaning using a lawn mower.

If you think about poaching in the worst case scenario, someone can go to a site and fill up their truck with hundreds of plants. In the end, they'll probably miss a few plants, and the site still has a possible chance to recover. With herbicide applications, EVERYTHING dies with one application. Many of the historic CP sites are now being sprayed on an annual basis, so there's no chance for them to come back.

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Where herbcides are used? Are used on a natural sites directly? I can imagine application close to roads or city parks ets..? Can you explain it in more detail please? THX

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If you think about poaching in the worst case scenario, someone can go to a site and fill up their truck with hundreds of plants. In the end, they'll probably miss a few plants, and the site still has a possible chance to recover.

Hey meizwang,

thanks for your comment, great that you like the film. We describe the most important threats for the genus in our film "Sarracenia: Endangered Gems", but divided it into several parts for YouTube, because one upload of 20 minutes HD-movie needs about 10 hours. We separated therefore our visit at AG3-TC-Lab in Eustis (FL) and also Brian's, Cherrie's and Toni's great performance of "The Schizandra-Blues", which is all part of the Blu-ray/DVD. To highlight the threats on Sarracenia, we decided to uploaded now the field-trips separately in three parts, which have different focuses.

You are right that poaching has a relatively small impact in healthy populations compared with the loss of 98% habitat in 300 years, which is the topic at the beginning of "Splinter Hill Bog Preserve", the first upload. Part 2, "CP of Northern Florida" highlights the serious danger by poaching particularly at the sites in Sumatra and Tate's Hell. And yesterday we uploaded part 3, "CP near Orlando", showing the Long Pine Preserve with S. minor, where the increasing droughts, probably due to global warming, are described to add even another future threat to the remaining wetlands.

I have seen pictures of the Sumatra site from 20 years ago until today, and the reduction of the red pitchers during this time is alarmingly. We saw the tracks of the poachers at Tate's Hell, which drive into the site with pick-ups to harvest the leucophylla-pitchers for the floral industry. Terrible, but due to a low economy those guys need the money to live, and as long as the control of these areas by the local authorities has only low priority, and penalties are rare, poaching will of course be a serious threat to those few remaining plants.

And you are right, the impact of mainly overdosed fertilizers but also pestizides/herbizides as well as the dewatering of surrounding farmland is another serious threat for the remaining habitats and their fauna and flora.

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