- Aug 24, 2014
The clip points out that the thorns point inwardsPeople think I'm joking when I call brambles carnivorous plants, but before you sneer, just look at the evidence.
If no one rescued this lamb, it will be dead in a couple of days.
Carnivorous Sheep-Eating Plants - YouTube
An exotic "sheep-eating" plant, so-called because it kills and "eats" sheep, has bloomed for the first time at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden Wisley in the U.K.
The plant, known formally as Puya chilensis, has been at the garden for 15 years. In that time, it has reached a height of 10 feet and grown its signature base of razor-sharp, hook-shaped spines.
Per a BBC report, in its native habitat of Chile, the plant uses the spines to ensnare sheep and other small animals. After they starve to death and decompose, the animals nourish the plant through the soil, acting as a gruesome fertilizer.
England, Meet Your New Giant Sheep-Eating Plant
Carnivorous Plants In England Known To Eat Animals | Popular ScienceIt's huge and spiky and about to bloom in Surrey.
By Dan Nosowitz Posted June 21, 2013
Most plants that have spines, like cacti, use them for protection, but it's theorized that Puya chilensis actually uses them for hunting... scientists believe that the spikes trap animals with thick fur, like sheep, which then starve to death, fall to the ground, and decompose at the base of the plant, providing highly rich, localized food for the plant. It's gruesome as hell.
RHS 'sheep-eating' plant about to bloom in Surrey - BBC News
The National Botanic Garden of Wales waited 11 years for its plant[Puya chilensis] to bloom, though clumps bloom every April in the open on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.
The plant has bright greeny-yellow flowers on tall spikes above the razor-sharp spines.
A photo of a bigger plant:
Claims that rotundifolia harbor flukes that kill sheep:
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