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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    I'd think putting it on a wound would not be very pleasant in a long run.
    well that put a verrry disturbing picture in my head....

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    wait a sec... arent the enzymes secreted from glands separate from the stalked glue glands? wouldn't mean that the enzymes are NOT in the dew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarracenia_X View Post
    well that put a verrry disturbing picture in my head....
    I could find a photo of a brown recluse bite and you won't have to imagine it anymore.

    Sphagnum was used for bandaging in WWI, due to its anti-fungal qualities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarracenia_X View Post
    well that put a verrry disturbing picture in my head....

    ---------- Post added at 08:07 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:04 PM ----------

    wait a sec... arent the enzymes secreted from glands separate from the stalked glue glands? wouldn't mean that the enzymes are NOT in the dew?

    Sessile glands (not producing dew) absorb the nutrients soup, that the enzymes( produced in stalked glands) free up from the unfortunate victim. There are two types of glands at work.
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    I know that if I pour the liquid from my Nepenthes on to my hands it does burn a little bit but I have never seen any long term effects such as a rash or burn. Perhaps I will apply some Drosera and Pinguicula leaves to my skin for a long period of time to see if they have an effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    I know that if I pour the liquid from my Nepenthes on to my hands it does burn a little bit but I have never seen any long term effects such as a rash or burn. Perhaps I will apply some Drosera and Pinguicula leaves to my skin for a long period of time to see if they have an effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Isnt the dew full of digestive enzymes. Proteins that cleave larger molecules into the constituent blocks. It cant be similar to Aloe Vera dew and I'd think putting it on a wound would not be very pleasant in a long run. The enzymes produced by VFT are similar to that of dew and can digest skin (check sarracenia.org).
    I recall reading that there are few enzymes present in the waiting sticky trap. Once prey is detected, the enzymes are secreted. I assume fresh dew is relatively harmless.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    I know that if I pour the liquid from my Nepenthes on to my hands it does burn a little bit but I have never seen any long term effects such as a rash or burn. Perhaps I will apply some Drosera and Pinguicula leaves to my skin for a long period of time to see if they have an effect.
    I have a friend who is allergic to all the dewy CPs. They give him rashes. I haven't had a problem though

    I would apply the dew, and not apply the leaf since it may start excreting the enzymes. Maybe you could test both and tell us the enzyme concentration in the dew initially, and the dew after the leaf excretes the enzymes...and see if what I remember is correct


    Anyone get any info on using drosera leaves to brew tea? Tis the only practical modern purpose I can think of using them for, and they might have a marketable flavor

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    Sometimes there is rotundifolia syrup/extract on eBay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Sometimes there is rotundifolia syrup/extract on eBay!!
    Woa, what do the sellers advertise it as?

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