IBICELLA

 

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Ibicella lutea

A SINGLE CARNIVOROUS PLANT

Ibicella lutea (sy. Martynia lutea)

 

USUAL NAMES

Devil's claw or Unicorn plant

FAMILY

Martyniaceae

 
History and etymology

the Latin Ibex meaning "goat" and Cella meaning "party", referring to the fruit of the plant that remind by its shape a nail of a clog.

Distribution

The area of Ibicella is the American continent, and it grows in Brazil. It is naturalized in Australia.

Biotope

The lack of information does not allow a full description of the biotope of Ibicella. The plant is mesophytic, growing in poor, dry and acidic soils. She especially took advantage of the humidity of the air as does the Drosophyllum.

Description

Annual herbaceous plant, up to 50 cm high. The leaves are green, orbicular in shape and their base is cordate.

Traps: whole plant is densely covered with translucent hair, secreting a muscilage, among them some are involved in the prey digestion.

The prey are small insects: Diptera.

The bright yellow flowers, with a red stained throat, that give after fertilization a claw-shaped fruit, with many seeds.

 

Flowers

Hoof-shaped fruit

Flowers grape

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