||[May. 9th, 2008|11:59 pm]
The recent post on the genus Lithops and the comment about their morphology reminded me of something I had been thinking of posting. I figure now's a good time. The photo to the right is a member of the Lentibulariaceae, a family of carnivorous plants related to other members of the Lamiales like mints and snapdragons. This particular photo, an image of the bladder traps of Utricularia inflata is one of Barry Rice's many beautiful photos of carnivorous plants.
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I suppose that's all for now. This whole plant family is fun to play with and relatively easy to grow, depending on the species. I have a few that are considered weeds in carnivorous plant cultivation. Can't get rid of them! And of course, there's more interesting stuff about these plants, but this is all I could think of immediately. Sources are below.
All the Wikipedia pages I linked to, many of which I wrote.
Laakkonen, L., Jobson, R.W., and Albert, V.A. (2006). A new model for the evolution of carnivory in the bladderwort plant (Utricularia): Adaptive changes in cytochrome c oxidase (COX) provide respiratory power. Plant Biology, 8: 758-764.
Greilhuber, J., Borsch, T., Müller, K., Worberg, A., Porembski, S., and Barthlott, W. (2006). Smallest angiosperm genomes found in Lentibulariaceae, with chromosomes of bacterial size. Plant Biology, 8: 770-777.
Taylor, Peter. (1989). The genus Utricularia: A taxonomic monograph. Kew Bulletin Additional Series XIV: London.