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Proboscidea parviflora AKA Devil's Claw

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:49 pm
by Shadowtski
Last year I planted about 32 Proboscidea parviflora seeds.
One germinated.
It grew OK but died before flowering and reproducing.
Today I see that two Proboscidea parviflora seeds have germinated from that flat.
I left it sitting outside over Winter, stratifying the remaining seeds.

Devil's Claw is an interesting plant.
It has tentacular glands and mucilage like Drosera but it is not technically carnivorous.
It attracts and kills numerous insects but it does not digest them.
When it dies back, being an annual, the insects rot and give the next generation of Devil's Claw the benefit of their nutritious corpses.
Here's a link to some neat info: https://www.carnivorousplants.org/grow/ ... DevilsClaw

Wish me luck.
I learned from my mistakes last year.
This year I hope to get seeds to donate to the Seed Bank, or give away.

Re: Proboscidea parviflora AKA Devil's Claw

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:04 am
by Lyra
Fascinating read. My favorite part was about the seeds and how "they are designed to snag onto animal feet and hold on until the poor beast dies." Scary. If the plant is designed to kill their prey for the purpose of eating their nutrition as fertilizer, then they should be considered carnivorous.

I wish you all the luck in this endeavor and stay safe if you do succeed.

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Re: Proboscidea parviflora AKA Devil's Claw

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:14 am
by Benny
In order to be carnivorous they must be able to catch and digest their prey. Granted, the seeds seem to do that :lol: , but they can't digest them in their own. The plant defiantly seems more ominous than any other CP. I have heard they are invasive in the East Coast, if I remember correctly?

Re: Proboscidea parviflora AKA Devil's Claw

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:45 am
by Shadowtski
Here's an update on my Proboscidea project.
The plants were dug up and tossed aside by a squirrel who planted a peanut in the pot.
I got to it quickly enough and replanted it.
The plant rewarded me by flowering and attracting enough pollinators to do the job.
I now have two seed pods developing.
This is my best progress to date.
I've had flowers but seed pods never developed before.
So I have may have seeds to donate or give away this Autumn.
If you look closely, you can see all surfaces of the plant, including pods, are covered with adhesive glands and tentacles.
Proboscidea parviflora with developing seedpods.
Proboscidea parviflora with developing seedpods.
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