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The entrance to a pitcher plant

 
 
Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2008 11:20 am
I was looking around for a picture of a flower to post on one of littlek's threads and I stumbled across this one. The title above the photo was simply "The entrance to a pitcher plant"

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/359262398_092feb20ce.jpg?v=0

Fascinating, isn't it? I can see why a passing fly might be curious and be lured to its death.

But then we have other meat-eating plants such as this one...

http://www.botany.org/carnivorous_plants/images/Cephalotus_f-SDC-1.jpg

What insect in its right mind is going to be attracted to that? I suppose there might be a few flies heading home from a night at licking beer spills off the bar and as they pass by one of them might say, "Dude, let's check out that place!"

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Francis
 
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Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2008 11:27 am
@gustavratzenhofer,
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2045/2245753964_8718f4ab9c.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 16 Aug, 2008 11:23 am
The carniverous plants attract insects/food not by being pretty but by being smelly. This one smells like dead meat:

http://www.day-lab.com/blog/voodool3.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 16 Aug, 2008 11:27 am
@littlek,
Oh my! I remember the fuss when that one flowered in London a while back!
littlek
 
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Reply Sat 16 Aug, 2008 11:30 am
@dlowan,
You can get smaller versions. Actually, I don't think that one is carniverous. But, it is smelly.
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