Cool, curlingguy! Did you count if there are 24 teeth?
Here's some more photos of a ceph trap......notice the overlaying collar visible in second photo..partially down the trap......if you are a bug and fall in...and successfully climb the wall up to this collar......how do you get past it........can't climb on it upside down!!
I really like the all-green Ceph.
Mine are half green and half burgundy.
I wonder what purpose the cleft lip of the lid serves? I notice this as a pitcher develops and the lid "pops" open............
Only a moral and virtuous people are capable of freedom; the more corrupt and vicious a people becomes, the more it has need of masters. -- Benjamin Franklin
Wow, they look very nice, any advice besides they can't be waterlogged and need a cold period?
They don't need a cold period.
13 days later...notice that the pitcher at the bottom right hand corner is fully developed and open.
Nice! I love Cephalotus too. My favorite carnivorous plant, and one of the few I've had great success with in low humidity in a windowsill in Wisconsin. I give mine a cold period of about 55F all winter, since, well, it's Wisconsin and cold outside and it's in the window! So, it's the twilight zone between the house temps and outside. My pitchers are more deep pink then red, and attracted three or four wasps in the house at once with a ton of nectar it suddenly made, along with 3 adult pitchers and apparently a flower stalk after its little dormancy.
Oh, I love the teeth too, and that wicked design under the hood! Beautiful!
Feed me, Seymore, and feed me now!
Seriously, if someone were to remake "Little Shop of Horrors", wouldn't the new plant look alot like a Cephalotus?
"I may be on the side of angels, but do not mistake me for one."
Not really my area of expertise, but looking at it from a purely mechanical point of view, the "teeth" form a loadbearing arch. The shape of this arch causes the compression load from the insects weight to be distributed to the base of the arch aka the abutment where it is then dissipated. This in turn also reduces the potential destructive tensile forces which would could otherwise cause buckling and snapping of the peristome region.
The Ribs of the ceph are also mechanical load bearing structures. In this case the tension and compression forces are being dissipated over a greater area. This reduces the unit loading and increases the cephs ability to maintain integrity
hehehehe... Im bored :P