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Thread: Are tillansia carnivorous?

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    Hi,
    I have heard some theories and ideas, ect. that tillandsia are carnivorous. Its known that the well in their leafs collect leaves ect. and break them down and absorb them. Now, I would like to hear other peoples view on this. Personally I dont think they are truly carnivorous, but of some other order. Well, lets hear yours!
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    They're often regarded as semi-carnivorous, as they generally don't try to attract prey, but use the bodily parts and processes of things living in their pools. There are a couple varieties though that attract bugs by scent.

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    well not tilladsias , htey could'nt be carnivorous but a few bromeliads are considered . brochinnia and catopsis bromeliads have been known to be SEMI carnivorous . they have a sweet smelling aroma that attracts bugs , the bugs go to the leaves , slip and fall because there some type of wax on the keaf , and falls into the well , dies and is abosrbed my bacteria in the well .

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    Quote (goldtrap2690 @ May 07 2003,2:05)
    well not tilladsias , htey could'nt be carnivorous...[/QUOTE]
    how could they not be carnivorous? I believe that they are.

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    Tillandsia Are Not Carnivorous.
    They absorb water and nutrients through the epidermal hairs/scales on thier leaves.
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    Well have heard 2 sides to the story and im still stcking with not carnivorous!! I truly don't think they are.
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    So the obvious follow-up question, then, is why does everybody group them with CPs in their collections? It was enough to make me wonder if they might be carnivorous, just by association.
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    They are what many call companion plants.
    They grow well in similar conditions but offer the grower some variety in plant material.
    Not to mention they are just another oddity of the plant world
    and i dont know about you but i can never resist the weird.
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