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The curious world of carnivorous plants : a comprehensive guide to their biology and cultivation

Author: Wilhelm Barthlott; Michael Ashdown
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English language edView all editions and formats
Plants that trap and eat animals: an amazing phenomenon that has inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. The victims may be flies and butterflies, small crustaceans, or even vertebrates the size of rats. Lured into the danger zone by optical, tactile, and olfactory strategies, the prey succumb to ingenious traps and face their doom. But unlike plants that temporarily catch insects for pollination, the true  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wilhelm Barthlott; Michael Ashdown
ISBN: 9780881927924 0881927929
OCLC Number: 71189676
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: "First published with the title Karnivoren: biologie und kultur fleischfressender pflanzen by Eugen Ulmer GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, Germany, ©2004."
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 27 cm
Contents: The flowers of evil: An introduction --
Habitats --
Biogeography and diversity --
Attracting and trapping mechanisms --
Digestion of prey and nutrient uptake --
Prey --
Guests at the carnivores' table: The commensals --
Noncarnivorous animal-trapping plants --
The evolution of carnivory --
Growing carnivorous plants --
Nature conservation --
Bromeliaceae: Pineapple family (bromeliads) --
Byblidaceae: Rainbow plant family --
Cephalotaceae: Australian pitcher plant family --
Dioncophyllaceae: Hookleaf family --
Droseraceae: Sundew family --
Drosophyllaceae: Portuguese sundew family --
Lentibulariaceae: Bladderwort family --
Nepenthaceae: Asian pitcher plant family --
Roridulaceae: Bug plant family --
Sarraceniaceae: American pitcher plant family --
Animal-trapping liverworts --
Animal-trapping fungi --
The carnivorous plants of the world: A comprehensive listing from A to Z.
Other Titles: Karnivoren.
Responsibility: by Wilhelm Barthlott [and others] ; translation by Michael L.C. Ashdown.
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Plants that trap and eat animals have inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. This title provides comprehensive listing of some 630 known carnivorous plant species, described in detail, with  Read more...


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