posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 01:55 PM
Ok, I apologize for the title....but it's the title of the article and I have to go with it.
According to DiscoveryNews
, a "sheep-eating
plant" is blooming for the first time since it was planted in a British greenhouse 15 years ago.
Botanists at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley branch in Surrey planted the puya chilensis 15 years ago there. Now, after all this time,
the monstrous plant’s 10-foot flower spike is finally blooming. The flowers should last for about a week. Hat tip to Gawker for the news.
These spiky plants native to the Andes make Venus fly traps look tame by comparison. Puya chilensis got its sheep-eating nickname because its sharp
spines located near the ground trap animals in the wild, causing them to starve to death. Then the dead animals serve as gruesome fertilizer so the
plant can grow.
So this plant doesn't technically eat
sheep (when I read the title I immediately thought of Little House of Horrors), but still...what a
unique strategy for fertilization. Fortunately for the local livestock, these plants will be safely locked away inside the greenhouse. No sheep
I'm on my iPad and can't post pictures ( BLATANT HINT FOR A MOBILE APP, SKEPTIC OVERLORD), but you can see the plant at the link listed above.