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The Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica)
… is a member of the pitcher plant family. It is the only species in the genus, and is restricted to nutrient-poor soils of northern California and western Oregon.
Like the more widespread pitcher plant species, its leaves form tubes containing water and digestive enzymes. However, unlike other pitcher plants, this water isn’t rain. The Cobra Lily’s hood protects the tube from excess water, and the water inside the tube is managed by the plant through releasing or absorbing water from/into its tissues.
The plant’s common name comes from the broad hood and the forked projections that resemble a tongue. In addition to protecting the tube from rain, the hood and small entrance makes it harder for insects to find the exit once they’re inside. The pale sections of the speckled walls are transleuscent, also making the exit more difficult to locate; it is one of only two species of pitcher plant with this sort of leaf patterning. Downward-pointing hairs lining the inside of the tube prevent insects from crawling back out, and eventually they tire and fall into the water, where they drown.
(via: Peterson Field Guides)