Category Archives: Carnivorous Plants

Mammals Aren’t the Only Meat Eaters in the Croatan Forest!

Coastal North Carolina is a magical place in so many different ways. One of those is the presence of carnivorous plants. For example, found only within a 100 miles of Wilmingtion, NC, the Venus Fly Trap is one of the more interesting indigenous plants found on the coastal plain. But the Venus Fly Trap isn’t the only carnivorous plant found in eastern North Carolina. Others include Bladder Wart, a variety of Pitcher Plants as well as Sundew plants. I tend to be very tight lipped about where I find these plants as they are somewhat rare and there can be a problem with poaching. Below are a couple shots of a Venus Fly Trap and a Sundew taken somewhere in the Croatan National Forest.

Native to North Carolina the Venus Flytrap is an endangered plant well worth protecting.

Venus Flytrap.

The Sundew plant is another kind of carnivoruos plant found in North Carolina

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From Fire Springs Life

I made a visit to a pine savanna in the Croatan National Forest. A couple weeks prior to my visit there had been a control burn in the area. It was interesting to see the lush green of new growth springing up from the charred, burnt ground. There’s a special shade to the green of new grasses and ferns… bright… vivid. The grasses, herbs, trees and carnivorous plants of the savanna are dependent upon fire. Without fire shurbs would take over the forest floor. Trees not usually found on the savanna would invade, closing the canopy and robbing the forest floor of life giving sunlight. Even the seeds of the Long Leaf Pine are dependent upon fire to help them start new life. Like the fabled Phoenix these plants rise up from the ashes of the burnt forest floor. The following are a few of my photos from the morning.

Like Africa, North America was once home to vast savanna areas.

A young fren lies atop a charred log on the pine savanna.

A fresh fern and a burnt log.

The Venus Flytrap is an exotic plant native to the pine savanna of eastern North Carolina. Flytraps only occur naturally with a 100 mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina

A Venus Flytrap rises up from the ashes much like the fabled Phoenix.

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It Ain’t the Lil’ Shop of Horrors, But It’s Full of Carnivorous Plants!

North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, aka the Southern Outer Banks,Close-up of a Venus Flytrap found wild in the Croatan Natinoal Forest. offers a wide variety of oppotunities for the nauter and wildlife photographer. When one thinks of the Crystal Coast they normally envision shots of shorebirds along its barrier islands and in its marshes, of wild mustangs running free on Shackleford Banks and within the confines of the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, and of coastal scenics of beaches, dunes, light houses and fishing boats. But there’s more here than just maritime environments. The Crystal Coast is also home to the Croatan National Forest. This is a marvelous resource with a variety of coastal plains habitat, swamps, black rivers, wild animals, rare species of birds and yes, even carnivorous plants!

I’ve been on a quest for quite sometime to find and photograph a variety of the indigenous carnivorous plants found in the Croatan Forest. Over the last several days I’ve located a photographed three species: The Yellow or Trumpet Pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava), the Purple Pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea), and the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). While this certainly isn’t anywhere close to all the species that can be found in the Croatan National Forest, it is a nice start to growing my collection of images. Please keep in mind if you happen across any of these plants many of them are threatened or endangered. Take only photographs… leave on footprints. Make sure they continue to exist for the enjoyment of those generations that will follow us.

The Purple Pitcher Plant is the only carnivorous plant to live in colder climates.

The Venus Flytrap is only found wild in the Carolinas.

The flower of the Purple Pitcher Plant is very distinctive.

The Yellow Pitcher Plant found in the Croatan National Forest. the flower of the Trumpet Pitcher Plant.

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