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Sarracenia alata Alph. Wood. Pale Pitcherplant. Phen: Mar-Apr. Hab: Pine savannas, seepage bogs. Dist: S. AL west to e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Carstens & Satler (2013) argued that this species as defined includes two cryptic species, one east of the Mississippi River (S. alata s.s.) and one west of the Mississippi River (Sarracenia sp. nov.). The western segregate has not been named.

Synonymy: = FNA8, GW2, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, Tx, McDaniel (1971), Schnell (2002b), Wood (1960); = Sarracenia sledgei Macfarl. – S, Bell (1949); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood – Carstens & Satler (2013); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. alata – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. atrorubra S.McPherson & D.E.Schnell – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. cuprea S.McPherson & D.E.Schnell – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. nigropurpurea P.D'Amato ex S.McPherson & D.E.Schnell – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. ornata S.McPherson & D.E.Schnell – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia alata Alph.Wood var. rubrioperculata S.McPherson & D.E.Schnell – McPherson & Schnell (2011); > Sarracenia species 1 – Carstens & Satler (2013)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Great Plains: OBL

Heliophily ?: 9

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia alata, Wet Savanna, Pitcher Plant Trail, Turkey Creek Unit, Big Thicket National Preserve, Tyler County, Texas 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia alata, Middle Branch Hillside Seep Bog, Kisatchie National Forest, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia alata, Wet Savanna, Mississippi 13 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia psittacina (left), Sarracenia psittacina X Sarracenia alata (middle), Sarracenia alata (right), Wet Savanna, Mississippi 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia alata, Wet Savanna, Mississippi 6 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© J.W. Hardin | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sarracenia alata, Wet Pine Savanna, C.L. Dees Wildlife Trail, Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson County, Mississippi 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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