Carnivorous plants questions.

Patrick D. Rockwell hnhc85a at prodigy.net
Fri Aug 30 19:36:42 EST 2002


"Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
news:hWRb9.101$EJ1.7627962 at newssvr16.news.prodigy.com...
> An for the last time, I said comparing it to some silly plant in a bad
> science fiction does not help in identifying it. No science book would say
a
> plant from Ceylon (= Sri Lanka) actively catches animals because no such
> plant is found on the island.
>
> The only carnivorous plant native to Sri Lanka that remotely resembles
your
> "Parrot Plant" is Nepenthes distillatoria. Is that your plant?
>

No, it sure doesn't look like it. The photo that I saw was a top view that
looked like an open beak on the ground. My impression was that it was
supposed to snap shut as soon as something walked over it.


> http://www.borneoexotics.com/Species%20Data/dist.htm
>
> http://www.easycarnivores.co.uk/shop/en-gb/dept_4.html
>
>
http://biologicalservers.8m.com/cgi-bin/i/botanic/hidro_botanic/Nepenthes_di
> stillatoria.jpg
>
> If you had done a google search, you would have found it yourself.
>
>
> Patrick D. Rockwell <hnhc85a at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> news:KCPb9.6$fK1.587942 at newssvr15.news.prodigy.com...
> >
> > "Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> > news:_JOb9.55$TK.4332781 at newssvr16.news.prodigy.com...
> > > None-the-less, what you read as a child about man eating plants is
> > > completely fictitious from badly written SCI-FI and does nothing
toward
> > > understanding or appreciating genuine carnivorous plants. Trying to
find
> > out
> > > more about a plant that doesn't exist is a waste of time. The real
thing
> > is
> > > far more interesting.
> > >
> >
> > [sigh!]  >|-(       Ok, one last time. The book that I saw the plant in
> was
> > a SCIENCE BOOK, NOT a SCIENCE FICTION book. And I only compared the look
> of
> > the plant to a tv depiction of a man-eating plant. The SCIENCE BOOK in
> > question described the plant as being an insectivorous plant from Ceylon
> > (Now Sri Lanka).
> >
> >
> > > Like the Walrus said, There is the parrot pitcher plant from Florida
> > > (Sarracenia psittacina) but it does not have active traps.
> > >
> > > http://www.sarracenia.com/galleria/g252.html
> > >
> > > http://www.sarracenia.com/faq.html
> > >
> > > BTW, wasn't Paul the walrus?
> > >
> > > --
> > > electric walrus
> > > Patrick D. Rockwell <hnhc85a at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> > > news:b5Ob9.35$tB.3812368 at newssvr16.news.prodigy.com...
> > > >
> > > > "Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> > > > news:papb9.1306$Eu3.72049829 at newssvr17.news.prodigy.com...
> > > > > If that is what your "Parrot Plant" is, there is no such thing.
The
> > > > Asiatic
> > > > > species of Nepenthes do not have active traps. You shouldn't watch
> bad
> > > > > science fiction movies, they have really badly made "man-eating
> > plants"
> > > > and
> > > > > really bad science advice written by hack writers. Someone your
age
> > > should
> > > > > know better. The reality of carnivorous plants is far more
> > interesting.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > I didn't say that I believe in man eating plants, or in what I see
in
> > > > science fiction/fantasy/horror, nor did I say anything about taking
> > advice
> > > > from hack writers. My reference to man eating plants in the
> > > > sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre was only a comparison to the photo that
I
> > saw
> > > in
> > > > the science book.I know that I read about this.
> > > > I was wrong about the country when I said Madagascar, and for all I
> > know,
> > > I
> > > > could be wrong about the name "Parrot Plant" but I'm sure that is
what
> I
> > > > read.
> > > >
> > > > > BTW, Ceylon is now Sri Lanka.
> > > > >
> > > > Thanks for the correction. :-)
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell at thegrid.net> wrote in message
> > > > > news:fc427bc9.0208281443.16646886 at posting.google.com...
> > > > > > paghatSPAMMERS-DIE at netscape.net (paghat) wrote in message
> > > > > news:<paghatSPAMMERS-DIE-2608021415010001 at soggy72.drizzle.com>...
> > > > > > > In article
<Wnva9.223$kX5.21887183 at newssvr17.news.prodigy.com>,
> > > > "Patrick
> > > > > > > D. Rockwell" <hnhc85a at prodigy.net> 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-
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
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