Tag: Roridula

Organism of the week #9 – Not even what it doesn’t seem to be

Pameridea roridulae [CC-BY-SA-.3.0 Denis Barthel]

See Roridula‘s glistening leaves. See the fly suffocating in her sticky embrace. Quake at her insecticidal prowess. Or not. Things are not quite what they seem with Roridula. For sure, she can catch flies, but her carnivory is impotent. She cannot make the enzymes she needs to break down her prey, so they remain stuck to her leaves, and …

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