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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:12 pm

Genlisea, better known as the corkscrew plant, is made up of 21 species and generally grows in wet terrestrial to semi aquatic environments, and are spread across Africa, central and South America.


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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Traps of yellow flowers, that are easy to enter but impossible to exit, like by use of small hairs growing towards the entrance or in this case, the ever forward propelling spiral.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:17 pm

These plants have two distinct types of leaves – photosynthetic leaves above ground, and specialized underground leaves to attract, trap and digest minute organisms, like protozoans.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:19 pm

Genlisea are small herbs with yellow flowers that make use of lobster pot traps.. These underground leaves form hollow tubes under the ground, these tubes have a forward propelling corkscrew shape..

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:21 pm

With the aid of constant water flow, small microbes can make their way into these tubes, but cannot find a way out again. When they reach the correct part of the tubes, they will be digested and absorbed.


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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:22 pm

These underground leaves also perform the duties of roots, like absorbing water and anchorage, as the plant does not have any.



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