The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: What is Stylidium like?

A: The genus Stylidium (triggerplants) contains about 200 species, about half of which occur in Western Australia. Stylidium plants bear stalked mucous glands, especially on the inflorescences. (I can tell you are interested already!) Furthermore, tests show that the glands produce digestive enzymes. Well, hell, carnivory has practically been proven!

Actually, additional studies showing the plants absorb nutrients would be good to demonstrate carnivory, and I have little doubt that researchers are probably addressing this gap in our understanding right now! Keep your eyes on the literature for future developments.

Triggerplants have their interesting common name because of a very cool, rapid fire motion some of the flower parts engage in during pollination. This is unrelated to carnivory, but is very interesting nonetheless.

I have recently started growing Stylidium debile and Stylidium fimbriatum, and they grow easily in the same conditions as carnivorous plants. After more experience I will expand this FAQ page.

Page citations: Darnowski, D.W. 2002b; Darnowski, D.W. et al. 2006.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005