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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Carniverous plants!

My latest fascination is tropical pitcher plants, particularly of the Genus Nepenthes. There are a few books that I have my eye on, featuring pitchers from the Malay Archipelago, Borneo, Sulawesi, New Guinea, and the Philippines. They are the most bizarre, and otherworldly plants on earth. Like insects I am drawn to the curious cavern within their depths. Hmmm what lurks below? Well what lurks below is a liquid in which the prey is digested, and dissolved with the help of digestive enzymes. Sinister indeed!
Nepenthes sp.

Drosera natalensis photographed on Gaikaskop, S.A.


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