- Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:29 pm
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.