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Butterfly Valley Cobra Lily (20 images)

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Flesh Eating Plant - that's what Darlingtonia californica is. A carnivorous, insectivorous, flesh-eating plant.

The Darlingtonia is also known as California pitcher plant as well as the much more colorful and descriptive name cobra lily, due to its cobra-like hood. Its leaves grow up and twist around to form a fluid-filled pitcher. Then, at the top, they curve and form the hood with a scented appendage, a mustache, or fangs. All of this to trap dinner - to invite insects...
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