Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Reference Resource of the Week

The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture

Need information on all things horticultural in time for gardening season?
Check out this 10-volume resource!

MEAT-EATING PLANTS?

Did you know that… the California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica) is insectivorous, meaning it gets part of its sustenance from live prey?  The “modified leaves, 8 inches to 2 feet long…widen upward in trumpet fashion and end in a sinister-looking broad hood from which hangs a two-lobed crimson and green appendage, the whole fancifully suggesting the head of a cobra.  The hood, translucent with opaque spots, admits filtered light to the interior of the pitcher which is partially filled with a digestive fluid usually containing, in various stages of decay, the bodies of unwary insects attracted by the carrion odor.”

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