The methods of prey capture that have evolved in carnivorous plants are truly amazing. While most carnivorous plants employ a passive method of prey capture, there are two plants that are almost animal like in their ability to secure a meal. Anyone with even a slight interest in carnivorous plant is at least aware of Dionaea Muscipula AKA the Venus Flytrap. Any insect that ventures into one of it's traps and touches any one hair twice or two different trigger hairs within about a 2 sec. span springs the trap shut. I love seeing the reaction that a person has when they see a Flytrap in action for the first time.
The second plant that possesses an incredible ability for animation may not be as well known and may not move as quickly as a Venus flytrap, but is just as awe inspiring. I'm referring to Drosera Regia, The King Sundew. King Sundews are large plants with long, wide leaves that taper towards the tip. They have the capability of capturing much larger prey then the average sundew. My plant has leaves about 8" to 9" long and while the most common prey I see on it's leaves are nats & flies, it has caught bees, wasps and large spiders also. When the plant catches any pray item from about the size of a fly on up the leaves can curl over and around the prey, sometimes multiple times over the course of a few hours. The plant does this in order to bring more of it's tentacles in contact with it's prey to aid in digestion. While not fast, it is never the less remarkable.
Last Edit: Apr 11, 2017 22:08:13 GMT -5 by gotsarrs
stu: Hi Mike: I’m pleased to report that the S. rubra wherryi Chatom Giant you sent has arrived in great shape as did the bonus plant from NC. Both are now back under southern skies and are feeling warm, humid, and at home again. Thanks!
Jul 22, 2020 13:21:21 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: I am planning on doing an order from Mike... and I’m on a budget, some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made
Aug 27, 2020 8:28:29 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
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