“In Caroline County, a fight to save the pitcher plant, a ‘keystone species,’” by J. Steven Moore, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 1/3/17, describes the work of the volunteer-run Meadowview Biological Research Station in Caroline County, Va., to restore native pitcher plants to their historic range in Virginia and Maryland. Pitcher plants are carnivorous flowering plants found in bogs, a particular type of wetland. They are considered a “keystone species” because they typically are found only in areas of good water quality. According to the article, approximately 100 species of pitcher plants exist worldwide, with 11 species known in the United States.
The article is available online at http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/environment/in-caroline-county-a-fight-to-save-the-pitcher-plant/article_1c376550-5692-5f66-aaec-7fef35f5f679.html (as of 1/11/17), or contact the newspaper at 1340 Central Park Blvd, Suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; phone: (540) 374-5000; e-mail: email@example.com.
More information about two species of pitcher plants in Virginia is available from the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, online at http://vaplantatlas.org/.