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    Very interesting...another CP?

    No...its not April Fools...YET. lol

    I ran across this on the ICPS forum and thought it was very interesting. I had not heard of this plant. Take a look...a little Drosera-ish, no?

    http://icps.proboards105.com/index.c...ead=1173736493

    That would be a cool plant to grow.
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    Yes indeed! If the rumors of this latest research showing that Stylidium absorb the nutrients from their prey are true (which we'll find out soon!), the number of true carnivorous plant species jumps from 625 to some 925. You can read more about the genus here.

    You can see some of the amazing diversity of flower shapes and sizes here.

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    Hmmm...I thought everyone knew about these. Well it's pretty boring to me and while I am hesitant to call it carnivorous, if it is proven to absorb the nutrients it digests I'll consider it to be legit. A CP that's only captures insects on a flower stalk is boring to me.

    the structure of some of the plants is interesting, and the flowers are kind of neat, too.

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    This plant has been grown by some cp'ers for a while as just another novelty plant, but was recently (2006) shown to produce digestive enzymes. So we're almost there! I agree that having glandular trichomes covering the whole plant would be more exciting, but in my eyes the trigger flowers make up for that "shortcoming".

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    I think the research going on with this plant is very exciting. Hopefully we'll know soon if there are more CPs than we thought.

    As for boring...look at Utricularia. You can't really see the carnivorous action of the plant the way you can a flytrap or a nep pitcher, but they are quite a popular plant for the flowers. So here we have a neat sticky flower with a quick trigger. Pretty cool.

    I'm surprised more people don't think this is interesting research.
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    Utricularia are pretty boring except for large-stoloned species.

    I equate this genus to T. peltatum. Only difference is Stylidium isn't an unobtainable monotypic genus.

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    Does anyone here grow this species? What kind of conditions does it require?

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    I had some seeds of Stylidium graminifolium but they never took off. They grow in sort of hot conditions in grass land type areas? I know they need smoke stratification to germinate.. which is probably where I went wrong... anyways.. I wouldn't call them carnivorous since they just whack insects, not eat them. :P

    When an insect lands on the flower, that thing that sticks out (i dunno the proper term for it) whacks em on the head, depositing pollen in the process. It's so neat, that's why I wanted one. :/

    Sorry if I just said something that EVERYONE knows... sleepy...

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