Hybridization

Hybrids result from the crossing of two species and occur regularly in nature. The pollen from one species is transferred to the pistil of another species by insects, wind, birds, etc. The resulting hybrids may or may not survive in nature. If not, they will not be perpetuated. Hybridization is used in culture to produce plants which differ from the species in respect to vigor, disease resistance, size, growth habits and form. When we cross-pollinate species artificially the potential for...

Development Of Carnivory

Plants and animals have evolved to fill all available habitats and ecological niches. Plants inhabit every possible environment including water, air, soil (wet and or dry), other plants and also animals. Green plants contain the organic pigment chlorophyll. When provided with light, carbon dioxide, water, and essential minerals they produce carbohydrates through a chemical process called photosynthesis mediated by the pigment chlorophyll. The light energy is converted into the chemical bond...

Use Of Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants have been used extensively for medication and other purposes. In the past, plants were virtually the only source of medicinal preparations. A plant such as Drosera that was able to retain its droplet of mucilage during the day without evaporation was believed to have extraordinary medicinal powers. Macerated Drosera leaves or extracts of leaves were used externally to treat warts, corns, and sunburn. Extracts or teas made from the leaves were used to treat internal disorders...

Pests and Diseases

This may seem to be an incongruous chapter for a book on carnivorous plants but, unfortunately, it is not. There are animals (insects, mites and scale) and fungi (plants without chlorophyll) that attack carnivorous plants and can eventually cause their death. Fungus diseases can be devastating to a collection of plants, particularly to the succulent types such as Pinguicula and Drosera and to seedling plants of almost all species. Prevention of pest infestation is usually the simplest, most...