SARRACENIACEAE - Pitcher Plant Family

Perennial, insectivorous herbs

Leaves alternate, in basal rosette,modified into tubular or vaselike structures which fill with water and trap insects; water contains digestive enzymes that break down insects; bottom of pitcher is smooth, upper part has stiff retrorse hairs

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, solitary on a scape, style expanded and peltate or umbrella-like

Fruit a loculicidal capsule with small numerous seeds

3 genera, 15 species

Economic uses: ornamentals