The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Australia in 2007

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Closer view:
I spent a bit of time composing this close view of a leaf. There wasn't any point in getting an even closer view because those long, terminal tentacles would have been cropped. The leaf has been eating well. I wonder if those little buglets were originally caught on the leaf where they lay, or if they were transported to the lamina by the long, flexing tentacles?

There weren't very many of these plants in the little colony, so I looked at what Beth was doing. She had become mesmerized by a brightly colored (noncarnivorous) Anigozanthus plant nearby, which was gyrating wildly in the early morning wind. Photographing it was sheer frustration and madness, so I let her spar with it alone. In the meantime, I took another look at some lesser quality Drosera scorpioides which were out of the wind:
A plant that has been eating very heavily,
A plant with disturbed tentacles that looks almost like it is dancing, and
A plant clearly focusing all its energy on flower production.

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Revised: December 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005