Jerry's Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants,You Can't Have Just One.


Pinguicula use an active flypaper-type trapping mechanism . The surface of Pinguicula's broad , flat leaves are covered with a multitude of two types of glands . The first , larger type , sits atop a small , hair-like structure and produces a sticky substance that holds the victim in place . This gives the leaf a greasy look , inspiring the genus' common name . The movement of the prey causes the second , smaller type of gland to produce a slightly acidic substance which digests the soft portions of the insect's body . In many species , the edges of the leaves curl upward , perhaps preventing nutrient-rich fluids from running off . Butterworts are found primarily in the Northern hemisphere . They range from arctic, northern species to tropical evergreen forms . Many of the more popular and easy to grow species come from Mexico, where the conditions allow for some seasonal variation in growth habit , but do not require an actual dormancy period . Pinguicula species fall into three groups : those forming winter resting buds , those that produce the same type of leaf year-round (homophyllous growth type), and those that produce a large summer leaf , and a smaller winter leaf (heterophyllous growth type) . Pinguicula produce some of the most attractive flowers among carnivorous plants . Many species flower freely, and the flowers can remain for months.


 P. moranensis x ehlersiae

P.'John Rizzi'


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