Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii
|Mountain sweet pitcher-plant, sweet pitcherplant|
The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The conservation of Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii is fully sponsored.
Johnny Randall contributed to this Plant Profile.
Of the 16 historical populations of Mountain Sweet Pitcher-plant, only 10 surviving today. This southern Appalachian endemic continues to face danger from development and the changes it brings to natural communities. Many of the vanished populations were lost as a result of the destruction of their bogs due to changes in hydrology. The channelization of streams, which often precedes development or the conversion of forested land to agriculture, caused the bogs that once supported pitcherplant populations to dry out.
This species produces showy maroon flowers from April to June and exhibits green pitchers throughout the growing season. Reproduction occurs by seed and fragmentation of rhizomes (Massey et al. 1983; Wood 1960).
Distribution & Occurrence
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Mountain bogs and streamsides (USFWS 1990a)
|There are 10 populations remaining, all within North and South Carolina. Four of these populations are in the river drainage of the French Broad River in Henderson County and Transylvania County, NC. Five are in the Saluda River drainage in Greenville County, SC. The last is in the Enoree River drainage, also in Greenville County, SC. (USFWS 1990a)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Massey, J.R.; Otte, D.K.S.; Atkinson, T.A.; Whetstone, R.D. 1983. An Atlas and Illustrated Guide to the Threatened and Endangered Vascular Plants of the Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Asheville, NC: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 218p.