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Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea L.

This carnivorous plant is difficult to mistake because of its leaves (traps) which are in the shape of water holding pitchers.

Like a pitcher, the trap is capable of holding fluid - in this case, digestive fluid. The fluid disintegrates the body of an insect, which is then absorbed by the plant.

The plant is found growing in bogs, swamps, and lakeshore environments.

The Micmac (Mi'kmaq) called this plant Indian Cup Roo. During the early part of this century they used the plant's root to treat tuberculosis. This part of the plant is also believed effective in treating kidney problems, or to relieve indigestion.

To prepare the medicine, a small piece of the root is steeped to a cup of water (for at least ten minutes) and taken in small doses.

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