Post by triphyophyllum on Dec 30, 2014 21:45:36 GMT
I currently own one young Darlingtonia and have visited them in the wild, and have made the observation that the shape and structure of the young pitchers are drastically different than older specimens. I was wondering if there was any purpose for the remarkably more serpentine shape preceding maturity or if this is simply a component with no particular purpose.
Ontogeny reflects phylogeny. When these plants first evolved, they were not the highly modified plants we see today, instead being probably simple rolled leaves with an extended lamina tip, like can be seen in nearly all young plants of the Sarraceniaceae family. Young leaves of nearly all genera retain these primitive traits.