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

Q: "Carnivorous" orchids (Aracamunia, etc.)

A: While orchids have flowers that are amazingly adapted to attract, fool, beguile, and ravage their animalian pollinators, none are known to be carnivorous. Drag, huh?

However, there is a report of an orchid with strange glandular heads on the bases of the leaves. This orchid is the Venezuelan Aracamunia liesneri. Is it carnivorous? There is no way to tell as of yet. More research will be required.

There are, by the way, mycotrophic orchids. That is pretty cool, I think. Keep reading the FAQ. You will get to them soon enough.

Page citations: Romero, G.A. et al. 1998; Schnell, D.E. 1999a; Steyermark, J.A. & Holst, B.K. 1989.

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©Barry Rice, 2005