Cephalotus follicularis - Albany Pitcher Plant
 

Cephalotus from the Greek: κεφαλή "head", is a genus containing just one species, Cephalotus follicularis, a small carnivorous pitcher plant. The pit-fall traps of the modified leaves have inspired the common names for this plant, which include Albany Pitcher Plant, Western Australian Pitcher Plant, fly-catcher plant or moccasin plant. It is only found in one small corner of Western Australia, near the town of Albany, and is a plant highly prized by carnivorous plant collectors worldwide. The nursery I use for my photo workshops has a small collection and has been particularly successful in cultivating it.

Cephalotus produce pitchers between 2 to 5cm long and are mostly used to attract crawling insects which climb up the helpful hairy joint in the leaves and fall into the pitcher. Once captured are unable to crawl out. The pitchers grow close to each other supported by creeping rhizomes and are usually found in moss at ground level often on sloping banks. It grows in scrubby areas that are moist all year around, on sandy soils that are acidic habitat rather like that of many other carnivorous plants.

Albany Pitcher Plant
Albany Pitcher Plant
Albany Pitcher Plant
Albany Pitcher Plant
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Albany Pitcher Plant
Albany Pitcher Plant