Unique Capsule Dehiscence in Sarracenia leucophylla Raf. and a Hypothesis Concerning Post-Anthesis Tilting in Sarracenia Flowers


George W. Folkerts

Additional Authors:

Debbie Rymal Folkerts


June – 1989


Dehiscence, Sarracenia leucophylla, Flowers, post-anthesis

In contrast to dehiscence progressing from the apex which is characteristic of other <em>Sarracenia</em> species, capsule dehiscence in <em>S. leucophylla</em> progresses from the base. It is proposed that this adaptation allows seed release at a point where seeds are less likely to be caught by the adherent style disc. Post-anthesis tilting in <em>Sarracenia</em> flowers seems to function to move the style disc away from its ventral position where it could interfere with seed dispersal.