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Carnivorous Plants: Proboscidea parviflora var. hohokamiana

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Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9189857

The jury is still out as to whether or not Ibecella and Proboscidea are carnivorous. It could be considered carnivorous in a round about way in that it can kill small creatures that get 'caught' by a pod. It definitely can hurt but not kill cattle. It is considered a noxious weed. The flower is so stinky that the plants can't be kept in the greenhouse while in bloom.

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Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #9189862

The pod is hard and has very sharp serrated edges and the ends like needles.

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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

July 2, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #9189863

If it doesn't utilize the prey for nitrogen or some nutrient value I don't think its carnivorous. Or, do they?
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
9:02 AM

Post #9189866

Well dead insects are found on the leaves but no digestive juice has been found. What's interesting is that when the pod first opens 1/3 of the seeds immediately fall out. The rest fall out days to weeks later and it probably does get nutrients from decaying animal matter.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

July 2, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9189884

The seeds or the plants? I cant see the actual plant getting nutrients from its seed pod but its interesting to find out what it is actually doing.
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9189892

I don't know .. as I said, there is a debate going on as to whether or not it can be considered carnivorous.
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 2, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9190553

The debate on Stylidium became a bit contentious as well. But seems consensus was that Stylidium is a "proto-carnivorous" plant. The insects become stuck on the stems, rot and get washed down into the root zone. The main thing appears to be that the plant deliberately traps the prey as a food source. The questionable part related to the 'digestive process'.

Stylidium candelabrum

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Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9190584

That's a totally new one for me Tropic! The flowers are amazing! Care to swap some seeds?
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 3, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9191046

Those in the photo are wild plants. I've never tried to grow them. Now it's the dry season and they're dormant.
ayahuasca
Beverly Hills, CA

August 6, 2012
1:47 PM

Post #9231943

Stylidiums are very cool plants. I am hoping to do some research on them in the near future.
I have a stylidium debile, I will try to remember to post some pictures later. I got some nice high rez pica of the sticky tricomes.

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