I Love Plant-Geek Gifts!

Mar 25, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the All Texas Garden Show...something I've done every February for a number of years now. As I was walking the hallway, I ran into Paul from Texas Triffid Ranch who was also speaking at the show for the first time (I think...). I was happy to see carnivorous plants on the schedule. Anyhoo...we exchanged "Oh, hey, I know you from Blogland" banter and then he bestowed upon me this lovely little gem. It just popped into bloom today so I thought you'd like to see...Paul...you're going to have to give me the correct species id...THANKS!


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Mar 26, 2009
12:49 am

Paul Riddell
Mar 26, 2009
10:24 am

Leslie, that’s a delicate triggerplant, Stylidium debile.  About a day or so after the blooms open, gently touch the center of a flower with a pencil tip or other small item, and watch the column on top swing forward to deposit pollen.  It’s the fastest non-seed movement in the entire plant kingdom, and each flower is good for about five to ten triggerings before it becomes a female flower.  (The column swings forward one last time and becomes the pistil, so that it’s in the perfect place to accept pollen deposited on insects earlier by other male flowers.)

Leslie Halleck
Mar 26, 2009
10:32 am

Fabulous! Thanks Paul.

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