This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
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The plumule first developes a thin, flat, falcate, green leaf, about half an inch long. Soon it becomes reddened, tubular and veiny, while a relatively large opening appears at about two-thirds of its length, beyond which extends, curving inward, the slender, dorsally flattened crimson, naked midrib, representing the true leaf, of which the tube below is the petiole. Along the inner face of the petiole, a broad wing extends from the lower edge of the inclined orifice, down straight to the collar of the root, where it divides and clasps the stock. This primary leaf is constructed similarly to those of the related Sarracenia except that in the latter genus the true leaf or lamina is short, broad, and is bilobed, or many lobed, and forming a border nearly around the mouth of the pitcher-like petiole. During the first season four of these simple Sarra-cenia-like leaves appear of equal size generally, apparently in a whorl, but inspection reveals their alternate arrangement. All face inward, or rather upward, as the leaves first push out horizontally, then ascend upward. The uncovered opening is favorably presented for the reception of moisture, insects, or any objects obeying the law of gravitation.
Also, the mouth parts and interior of the tube are armed with strong hairs, pointing inward, while inspection of the contents reveal minute insects (generally of the Ichneumonidoe and Tinnoen families) entrapped, drowned in water and being digested by these tiny rogues, thus early playing their little game.