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

Douglas W. Darnowski

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(1):28-29
Published 24 February 2017

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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.

Keywords: carnivory, triggerplants, Stylidium

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

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