From a europe nursery.
I got a LIL TINY 3 leaves plant from them. That was the original plant.
Funny how fast they grow.
In any case- appears to be a very fine choice in Stylidium
Interesting genus, I am very curious to see how its (proto)carnivorous plant status eventually gets resolved. Seems like there are loyalists on both sides of the fence.
Its solved since 2009
(...)Triggerplants are considered to be carnivorous because the glandular trichomes that cover the scape and flower can trap, kill, and digest small insects with protease enzymes produced by the plant."
Its a real carnivorous plant, like drosera or pinguicula, but very obscur. Some rare growers have this genus.
It will be very nice to see the carnivorous flowers in action!
That had been what I thought but I know some people that are still convinced that it is only proto-carnivorous. Not sure what the argument there is (perhaps they feel it has not been conclusively shown that said digestion actually provides nutrients and hence benefit to the plant?). Then again, we are really talking matters of definition.
Originally Posted by Maiden
I just looked at wikipedia. The article there seems to suggest that it is not clear whether the trichomes (even with the presence of protease enzymes) are there as a defense mechanism to protect the flower, or whether the plant is actually "eating" bugs. I have my own naive suspicions but am by no means an expert.
I have to admit I was thrilled when I found this forum but if you guys don't stop sharing pics of all these killer CP's I may have to leave My wife is going to put a halt to my plant purchases if I keep up at the pace I've been acquiring them lately. In all seriousness though, very cool and interesting plant, I may have to look into these in the very near future. Thanks for sharing.
Utri: (By the way, thanks for making me practicing my english hehe)
I understand what you said.
But the plant develop dew, insects stay stucked on the dew, a visible digestive enzyme pool apear like pinguicula, and 4-5 days after, you can see a little exo-skeletton remain on the plant. And the plant produce a tall flower hamp, almost 30-40cm.
So for me, its clearly carnivorous.
Of course the plant have dew on the flower stalk to protect the flower from walking insects, and maybe a nutrients boosts just before flowering, because the plant grow and develop faster when flowers are open.
But right now, we are in a grey zone, more evidences will be added in the next few years.
We are the first generation of growers who really care about this wonderfull (carnivorous?) plant
Last edited by Maiden; 05-15-2013 at 09:45 AM.
Reason: Because im a FREAK
Originally Posted by leeslikkers
Even more of a beauty to see it flowering. I can't wait until I can get one.
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