Amorphophallus titanum

Odd how people think some plants are carnivorous when they actually are not. This one, Amorphophallus titanum, is not. But it is extreme in shape, size and odor. Yes, odor, not fragrance. This plant depends on carrion loving beetles to pollinate the flowers. It smells like rotting flesh. Ugh.

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.

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.

Natural Leaf Arrangement

  Beautiful natural leaf arrangement. Yellow field. Red veins. Insects are attracted to yellow for some reason. We use yellow colored sticky tapes in the greenhouses, as an example. Yet, few Carnivorous Plants are yellow. Hmmm. These leaves are the back sides of the traps of a Sarracenia hybrid — the “Pitcher Plant.”  

Mystery of the Red Pistil

  Other Epiphyllum have white pistils which are located near the cloud of pollen laden anthers. Not this one. If we could see the animal which pollinates this species, its design with an earth facing red pistil would probably  make sense.

Feed Me!

  Feed me! Like wide mouthed hungry baby Robins in a nest, these pitchers pose, red lips to the sky, ready to eat. “Come to me, kiss me, land on my lips, my appetizing fly.”

Poisonous Angel

  Beautiful. Powerful frangrance at dusk (hello night flying moth pollinators! Come to me!). Poisonous in every part. Angel’s Trumpet, Brugmansia hybrid.

Tunnel of Light

  Dazzling bright “Tunnel of Light” insects see as they die. Stunning. Insects confuse the light from “leaf windows” with an exit, and collapse dead trying to escape through them. Twisted victory. Sarracenia minor.

Politicians and Pythons

  Hipsters, ganstas, politicians & pythons. Even Begonias need to blend in to survive. Tough world. New Guinea. Here, neighboring Iron Cross Begonias and  Pythons dress in similar camouflage.

Brown Leaves?

  Why BROWN? Shouldn’t plants be green?  Once I take a peek at a plant’s natural surroundings, a lot of details begin to make sense. Plant Camouflage. Kalanchoe orgyalis from Madagascar.

Not Even Perfume Is Wasted

  Not even perfume is wasted. Nature is thrifty. If this flower is fragrant, you will only smell it at night. White flowers show up in moonlight, and normally attract night flying bat or giant moth pollinators. I have been too lazy to stay up and sniff hour by hour all night to verify fragrance […]