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Catopsis berteroniana

21 SPECIES WHICH ONE IS CONSIDERED AS PROTOCARNIVOROUS

Catopsis berteroniana

FAMILY

Bromeliaceae

INTRODUCTION

This "daughter of the air" have the appearance of Tillandsia and grow hanging in the branches of other plants. This appearance hides a taste for carnivority


History and etymology

Originally named Tillandsia berteroniana by JH Schultes in 1830, it was renamed in 1864 Catopsis berteroniana. Research undertaken since 1976 on its carnivorous function continued until 1986. The name comes from the Greek kata which means "below" and Opsis "appearance" plant "view from below".

Distribution

Its area extends from southern U.S. to northern Colombia and in the Caribbean region. It is also found in Venezuela and in the north of Brazil.

Biotope

Catopsis grows in a humid tropical climate, from the level of the sea to the mountains (over 3000 m). Epiphyte, it grows in bright locations along with other Bromeliads.

Description

Perennial, epiphytic plant, 30 cm to over 70 cm high.

The leaves are yellowish green gutter-shapped and acuminate, white powder covering them, their disposition in rosette can retain water.

Traps are formed by leaves that form a reservoir of water. It seems that the white powder has a role in the prey attraction and they coming to drown. Again bacteria aid digestion. The prey are insects: Coleoptera, Hymenoptera ...

 

Catopsis growing on peat

Strake roots

Epiphytic

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