The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Australia in 2007

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Catapult plant:
My second goal was to just have some fun playing with the plant. This species, of course, has recently been basking in fame because it has been demonstrated (although some might prefer saying it "has been remembered") that the marginal tentacles are snap-tentacles that propel prey, in an instant, into the trap. And indeed, look at how most of the prey (in this case, little isopods) have been deposited into the trap by the marginal tentacles!

It was fun to play with some snappy tentacles. Snap! Snap! Snap!

Here is another view of a different plant.

After giggling over these plants, I was told gently and firmly by Phill that it was time to leave. So we hopped into his car and returned to the Harvey area. But we stopped at a third and final site for the day.

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©Barry Rice, 2005