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Further evidence of carnivory in triggerplants (Stylidium spp.; Stylidiaceae)

Douglas W. Darnowski

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(1):28-29
Published March 2017

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Abstract

Triggerplants (Stylidium Sw.; Stylidiaceae) grow from Southeast Asia through Australia, with well over 100 species in the genus. Almost all species make sticky hairs on parts of their inflorescences. These sticky hairs trap small insects, much smaller than the flowers’ normal pollinators, which include arthropods such as bee flies. Digestive enzymes have been detected in this genus in the area of sticky hairs where prey are trapped (Darnowski et al. 2006).

Keywords: carnivory, triggerplants, Stylidium

Article Citation

Douglas W. Darnowski. 2017. Further evidence of carnivory in triggerplants (Stylidium spp.; Stylidiaceae). Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(1):28-29.

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