Carnivorous plants questions.

electric walrus useless23nospam at
Thu Aug 29 12:28:34 EST 2002

prockwell at (Patrick D. Rockwell) wrote in message news:<fc427bc9.0208281443.16646886 at>...
> paghatSPAMMERS-DIE at (paghat) wrote in message news:<paghatSPAMMERS-DIE-2608021415010001 at>...
> > In article <Wnva9.223$kX5.21887183 at>, "Patrick
> > D. Rockwell" <hnhc85a at> wrote:
> > 
> > > I know about 5 basic kinds of carnivorous plants. Venus fly traps, Pitcher
> > > plants, Sundews, Butterworts, & Bladderworts. Are there others? I don't mean
> > > subspecies of the abve, like different types of Sundews or Pitcher plants. I
> > > heard that there is something called the Madagascar Parrot plant which is
> > > insectivorous. Does anyone know about this? Where can I get the information.
> > > What about the Century plant. Is that carnivorous? Thanks in advance for the
> > > information.
> > 
> > I never heard of carniverous Century plant (Agave sp), nor a carniverous
> > Parrot Plant; but my not hearing of them doesn't mean much. Several
> > epiphytic succulents like the Century Plant may in fact feed on insects
> >[snip]
> I just remembered something! When I first read about the carnivorous
> Parrot Plant, I read it in a science book in 1967 when I was eleven
> years old. But I think that it wasn't from Madagascar, but from
> Ceylon! Any carnivorous plants there? I saw a picture in this science
> book which looked like a wide bird beak sitting on the ground ready to
> snap shut on anything that stepped into it. :-) A bit remensicent of
> some of the man-eating plants that you might have seen depicted in
> various sci-fi, horror, fantasy films. As for the Century Plant, I
> recently saw an old black & white move called "The Thing From Another
> World", in which one of the characters discussed intelligence in
> animals, and said that the Century Plant could trap insects and small
> rodents to digest them, but I guess that's not true. :-)
> -Patrick-

Do you mean the parrot pitcher plant from Florida? Sarracenia psittacina?
It does not snap shut, no pitcher plants do. 
I think you can find information and a picture in the cp faq at

electric walrus

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