Sarracenia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sarracenia pitcher plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sarracenia (Bot) A genus of American perennial herbs growing in bogs; the American pitcher plant.☞ They have hollow pitcher-shaped or tubular leaves, and solitary flowers with an umbrella-shaped style. Sarracenia purpurea, the sidesaddle flower, is common at the North; S. flava rubra Drummondii variolaris, and psittacina are Southern species. All are insectivorous, catching and drowning insects in their curious leaves. See Illust. of Sidesaddle flower, under Sidesaddle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarracenia A genus of polypetalous plants, known as sidesaddle-flower and pitcher-plant, type of the order Sarraceniaceæ. It is characterized by flowers with five thick and spreading sepals, five petals curving together, numerous short stamens, and a large five-lobed and five-celled ovary with its distinct style dilated at the top into a peltate umbrella-like and petaloid membrane, which is stigmatic near the end of a nerve extending to each of its five angles. The 8 species are all natives of North America, and occur chiefly in the southern United States, with one also in the northern. They are remarkable plants, inhabiting peat-bogs, with their leaves transformed into pitchers, and produced at the top into a more or less arching hood, which closes the pitcher when young. The pitchers are usually partly filled with rain-water and with masses of decomposing insects, and in some species special glands secrete a digestive fluid which aids in their assimilation. The flowers are large, solitary, and nodding upon a long leafless scape, usually of a deep brownish red, globular in the bud, flattened on expansion, and with petals which are strongly contracted in the middle. S. purpurea, the original species, which extends north to Great Bear Lake, is known as pitcher-plant, also as huntsman's-cup and sidesaddle-flower. S. flava and other southern species are known as trumpetleaf and huntsman's-horn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarracenia sär-a-sē′ni-a a genus of polypetalous plants—the side-saddle flower, pitcher-plant.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. So named after a Dr. Sarrazin, of Quebec
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Named from Dr Sarrazin, who first sent them to Europe from Quebec.

Usage

In literature:

They had not gone far when Phil and two of the girls came running up with hands full of the Sarracenia, or pitcher-plant.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
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In news:

View full size The copper top pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra var.
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