Growing carnivorous plants

Venus fly traps and more in my little shop of horrors

   Jan 03

Pinguicula x “Tina” Butterwort

pinguicula tinaThis is my Pinguicula x “Tina”, a hybrid Mexican butterwort derived from theĀ Pinguicula agnata and Pinguicula zecheri.

Butterworts look almost too pretty to be carnivorous plants, but they are very effective at luring, trapping and digesting small insects. Their leaves emit sticky liquid which traps any bug unfortunate enough to assume it’s a safe place to land. When it is safely trapped in the goo, a cell filled with digestive fluids is triggered and releases these fluids onto the now doomed insect so that “Tina” can extract the minerals and nutrients she needs to survive.

Originally posted 2013-08-16 18:33:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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