Darlingtonia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Darlingtonia one species: California pitcher plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Darlingtonia (Bot) A genus of California pitcher plants consisting of a single species. The long tubular leaves are hooded at the top, and frequently contain many insects drowned in the secretion of the leaves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n darlingtonia A remarkable genus of American pitcher-plants, natural order Sarraceniaceœ. A single species is known, D. Californica. from the mountain swamps of northern California. The leaves are trumpet-shaped, sometimes 3 feet long, with a vaulted, dilated hood, which terminates in a large forked appendage above the contracted orifice. The under side of the leaf is winged, and a sweet secretion is found along this wing and about the orifice. The tube within is beset with rigid hairs directed downward, and the bottom is filled with a liquid which has a digestive effect upon the numerous insects that are entrapped.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. Named after Dr. William Darlington, a botanist of West Chester, Penn