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Do bears disperse Darlingtonia?

Damon Collingsworth

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 44(2):44-47
Published 21 May 2015

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Sodden fields of silent green serpent heads complete with dark red tongues stretch out before me as I explore the Northern California habitat of Darlingtonia californica — the Cobra Lily. Closer examination of their domed heads reveals the clear patches or fenestrations which trick insects into following the light down into the pitchers. As I marvel at these fascinating plants, I ask myself rhetorically, 'How could they be any more interesting?' Well, what if their seeds were distributed by bears?

Keywords: Darlingtonia californica, bears, seed dispersal, Del Norte, Harry Tryon

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Damon Collingsworth. 2015. Do bears disperse Darlingtonia?. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 44(2):44-47.

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