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.
Now why the peculiar characteristics of the Darlingtonia? Why would not less elaborate machinery answer as well ? Let us see: a tube so capacious as to hold a half pint of insects, the usual meal it seems of the Darlingtonia must be very wide or very long. If wide, there would be great expenditure of the saccharine secretion, since it must surround the mouth and smear all the approaches - an expenditure not to be incurred by our economical plant. If long and prostrate, it would be interfered with by other plants, also would be in danger of visitation and robbery by insect-loving animals. If upright and with mouth upturned, it would be above the usual range of insects, while its digesting fluid would be weakened by the reception of rain and dew; but, most of all, other plants are created and set to work on this principle.: The wonderful climate and soil of California must be expected to produce a finished insectivorous plant, with all possible improvements; hence, the matchless Darlingtonia, with its high-reared, inflated heads, downward opening mouth, sugar-plum, winding-roads to lead foot travelers up; ingeniously, brilliant and honey-coated decoys to attract flyers; and the enormous mustaches obviously turned outward by twisted petioles to catch the eye of distant voyagers in every direction; no feature of all the host is either accidental, useless or uninteresting.
[The above fascinating and accurate description of this famous plant was read before the California Academy of Sciences, February 18th, 1878. We are glad to know that Prof. Lemmon is now at work on a course of three lectures on the conifers of California, and we are confident that they will be of exceptional interest and excellence; first, because of his full acquaintance with his subjects in their habitats; and, second, from his brilliant and vavicious style of expressing his facts and ideas. We hope these lectures will be widely heard, not only on this cost, but beyond the mountains. - P. Rural Press].