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By Dewy the Sundew
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Joined:  Sat May 14, 2016 6:14 am
#266151
I'm about to get a plant called a stylidium debile, commonly known as the frail triggerplant along with other CPs from a dealer online. I've been researching on this plant and i have some questions. 1. Is this plant even carnivorous, if so how does it trap and digest its prey? 2. can it be grown indoors? 3. Care requirements? Thanks guys! :mrgreen:
By fattytuna
Posts:  749
Joined:  Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:00 am
#266159
Stylidium is certainly an interesting genus. They grow wild here in Sydney and some species are quite common in bushland. The plant produces sticky glands (like sundews) on its flower stalks (and other parts -depends on the species), which can trap insects. Studies on certain species have shown that the glands produce digestive enzymes, so the plant can be considered carnivorous.

The most interesting element of the plant is actually in the flower (albeit unrelated to carnivory). The stigma and stamen (reproductive organs) of the flower is located on a 'spring loaded' stalk. When an insect lands on the flower, the spring is unloaded and the reproductive parts of the flower are flung towards the insect, allowing for pollination.

can't help much with propagation - sorry. In the wild, they often grow alongside sundews.
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By Cory
Posts:  1149
Joined:  Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:42 pm
#266169
It's very fast growing

Put it outside in full sun they are tough to get to flower indoors

I have been growing them for awhile now


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