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.

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.

Insects see something different

  Humans see purple “flowers.” Hummingbirds and butterflies are not fooled. They see nectar rich white flowers surrounded by an unimportant dark background. The tiny white flowers only last a day or two. Bouganvillea brasiliensis.

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 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.”  

Shark Toothed Poinsettia

  Stems covered with double reflexed thorns – a formidable defense. “Don’t bite here!” Believe it or not, this spine cloaked Madagascar native is a cousin of the smooth stemmed  Latin American Poinsettia. This is Euphorbia milii. Crown of thorns.

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.