Not-so-Mellow Yellow

March 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm (National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildflowers) (, , , )

Yellow Butterwort

Yellow Butterwort

There are several yellow-flowered plants in and around the Okefenokee swamp that don’t quite act like you’d expect a plant to act.  The yellow butterwort, like its relatives the dwarf and purple butterwort, eats BUGS!

Yellow butterwort leaves

Yellow butterwort leaves

The flower itself is not the carnivorous part.  Instead it is the whorl of leaves at the base, often covered in dead pine needles or other vegetation.  If you look very closely, you will see little beads of sticky sap that both entice and snare ants and other small denizens of the ground.  The leaf’s enzymes will digest these little mites to extract minerals that are absent from the boggy soil. Read the rest of this entry »

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