<script language="javascript"> function writeFlash(title, w, h) { document.write('<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9.0.0.0" width="' + w + '" height="' + h + '" ID="sf" VIEWASTEXT>') document.write(' <param name="movie" value="' + title + '.swf" />') document.write(' <param name="quality" value="high" />') document.write(' <param name="wmode" value="window" />') document.write(' <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" />') document.write(' <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" />') document.write(' <embed src="' + title + '.swf" quality="high" name="sf" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="' + w + '" height="' + h + '"></embed>') document.write('</object>') } </script> <html> <head> <title>Darlingtonia, Cobra plants</title> <!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet --> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=unicode"></head> <body bgcolor="#000000" text="#CCCCCC" link="#CCCCCC" vlink="#CCCCCC" alink="#CCCCCC" onLoad="javascript: sf.focus()"><center></center> <table width="100%" height="80%"> <tr> <td> <center> <script language="javascript"> writeFlash("PicturePlants", 720, 540) </script> </center> </td> </tr> </table> <table width="800" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td><div align="center"> <h1>Darlingtonia Trail</h1> <h3>Smith River National Recreation Area, Six Rivers National Forest</h3> <p>Welcome to a most uncommon habitat, home of the extraordinary Californa Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia Californica), a host of other plants, a few animals, and various insets. It's the insect-digesting characteristic of the Darlingtonia, plus its Cobra-like shape and showy blossoms, that people find so intriguing. As prospectors in times past sought out serpentine rock formations because of the minerals they contained, photographers and wildflower enthusiasts today seek the otanical treasures produced in serpentine environments. You're invited to walk a short, easy trail to a bog where yoiu may observe the beauty of a large Darlingtonia community from two viewing platforms. Learn more about this rare and amazing plant and the plants and animals which share this space.</p> <p>The Smith River has a beautiful jade-green color which is from the mineral serpentine which has a grey-green color and many of the rocks in the Smith River NRA contain this mineal in various forms. The weathering of serpentinized rocks produces soils rich in magnesium, silica, and iron and low in calcium, potassium and aluminum with high concentrations of the heavy metals nickel, chromium, and cobalt.</p> <p>Most plants receive essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous from the soil and not many can survive in wetlands. Wetlands typically have a few nitrogen and other nutrients from and unusual source-the insects and other small organisms that become trapped within the hood of the plant.</p> <p>Look for the darlingonia flowers. They almost appear to be a separate plant, their reddish lily-like blossoms rising beside and often above the parent plant. The flower turns upright after pollination and you may see some of the last year's crop. Botanists are uncertain as to how exactly the flower is pollinated.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nearby neighbors to the darlingtonia are plants that thrive in the moist yet well-draining soil near the edges of the bog: the lovely California lady slipper, Labrador tea, the beautiful western azalea, deleicate five-finger fersn, and Port-Orford-cedar. Some of the not-so-visible bog neighbors may include snakes-garter, gopher, brown racer, and the colorful ring neck-all non-venomous.</p> <p>On the return loop, look for wildflowers growing along the path: trillium, iris, western modest, calypson orchid, false solomon's seal, lupine, wild rose, and others. You may see evidence of past logging where selective trees were removed. 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