Snuggling Nepenthes Traps

Awww, they look like they are snuggling.  

Large Delicate Flowers

  Reminded me of Mariposa Lilies in my home state of Idaho, and grew in a site just a windy. Huge simple flowers, dark centers, borne one at a time at the top of a single stem. 2″ pale pink blush. Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, South Africa. Drosera cistiflora, is my guess.

Traps large enough to eat Pelicans

  Traps large enough to eat Pelicans. I loved seeing this exhibit at the Kew Gardens in London.

Nest full of hungry baby birds

  Reminds me of a nest full of hungry baby birds. Young Venus Flytraps. Imagine how tired mama bird would be if she had to bring food back to feed all these open mouths.

The Color of Fresh Killed Meat

The color of fresh killed meat. No wonder flies come to visit. Foolish flies. Trap color varies from plant to plant, and is influenced by amount of light, and plant nutrition also.

Quiver of Cobra

  Ever see a “Quiver” of Cobras? Charming deadly things, these. Sarracenia hybrid ‘Cobra Nest’ (patented)

Bragging: Cobra Nest Patent

  Bragging. We filed and received the world’s first patent for a novel Carnivorous Plant:  “Cobra Nest.”  Easy to grow. Lots of leaves. Great red-brown color.

No Place to Rest

  When an entire meadow looks like this, any fly which attempts to rest becomes a meal. Drosera capensis, the Octopus Plant.

Noose Tightens

  Noose tightens. Meal already dead, the tentacles of the Octopus Plant continue to bend, glue, bend glue and repeat. This species, Dorsera capensis, has especially active leaves. In addition to tentacle movement, the whole leaves actually roll around their prey.

Python Grip

  Python like grip, red tentacles clutch meal tightly. Viscous glue  stretches into sticky webs in the death struggle.  Adios Damsel Fly. You are no competition for the “Octopus Plant,” Drosera capensis.

Natural Rain Gutter

Natural Rain Gutter. Tall Pitcher Plant leaves fall, break when rain water enters. Broken traps = no meal. Nature granted a solution: Leaf modification forms a hat over the trap opening. Note the rear side gutter which drains rain water to the back and away. Good eating, Sarracenia flava.

Speeding Bullet

10mph! That is the speed Flytrap leaves snap, if they had the equivalent radius of an average car tire. Not exactly a speeding bullet. But faster than a clumsy fly.