Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Flora

Pinguicula pimuliflora, the butterwort.
Be glad it's only a few cm tall--it's a carnivore. If gnat brains had room for dreams, then this would fill them with nightmares. The leaves are covered with glands secreting an attractive adhesive. The trapped insects die, yielding their nutrients to the hungry plant. An interesting way to cope with nutritional stress.

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