None-the-less, what you read as a child about man eating plants is
completely fictitious from badly written SCI-FI and does nothing toward
understanding or appreciating genuine carnivorous plants. Trying to find out
more about a plant that doesn't exist is a waste of time. The real thing is
far more interesting.
Like the Walrus said, There is the parrot pitcher plant from Florida
(Sarracenia psittacina) but it does not have active traps.
BTW, wasn't Paul the walrus?
Patrick D. Rockwell <hnhc85a at prodigy.net> wrote in message
news:b5Ob9.35$tB.3812368 at newssvr16.news.prodigy.com...
>> "Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> news:papb9.1306$Eu3.72049829 at newssvr17.news.prodigy.com...> > If that is what your "Parrot Plant" is, there is no such thing. The
> > species of Nepenthes do not have active traps. You shouldn't watch bad
> > science fiction movies, they have really badly made "man-eating plants"
> > really bad science advice written by hack writers. Someone your age
> > know better. The reality of carnivorous plants is far more interesting.
>> I didn't say that I believe in man eating plants, or in what I see in
> science fiction/fantasy/horror, nor did I say anything about taking advice
> from hack writers. My reference to man eating plants in the
> sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre was only a comparison to the photo that I saw
> the science book.I know that I read about this.
> I was wrong about the country when I said Madagascar, and for all I know,
> could be wrong about the name "Parrot Plant" but I'm sure that is what I
>> > BTW, Ceylon is now Sri Lanka.
> Thanks for the correction. :-)
> > Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell at thegrid.net> wrote in message
> > news:fc427bc9.0208281443.16646886 at posting.google.com...> > > paghatSPAMMERS-DIE at netscape.net (paghat) wrote in message
> > news:<paghatSPAMMERS-DIE-2608021415010001 at soggy72.drizzle.com>...
> > > > In article <Wnva9.223$kX5.21887183 at newssvr17.news.prodigy.com>,
> > > > D. Rockwell" <hnhc85a at prodigy.net> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > I know about 5 basic kinds of carnivorous plants. Venus fly traps,
> > Pitcher
> > > > > plants, Sundews, Butterworts, & Bladderworts. Are there others? I
> > don't mean
> > > > > subspecies of the abve, like different types of Sundews or Pitcher
> > plants. I
> > > > > heard that there is something called the Madagascar Parrot plant
> > is
> > > > > insectivorous. Does anyone know about this? Where can I get the
> > information.
> > > > > What about the Century plant. Is that carnivorous? Thanks in
> > for the
> > > > > information.
> > > >
> > > > I never heard of carniverous Century plant (Agave sp), nor a
> > > > Parrot Plant; but my not hearing of them doesn't mean much. Several
> > > > epiphytic succulents like the Century Plant may in fact feed on
> > > >[snip]
> > >
> > > I just remembered something! When I first read about the carnivorous
> > > Parrot Plant, I read it in a science book in 1967 when I was eleven
> > > years old. But I think that it wasn't from Madagascar, but from
> > > Ceylon! Any carnivorous plants there? I saw a picture in this science
> > > book which looked like a wide bird beak sitting on the ground ready to
> > > snap shut on anything that stepped into it. :-) A bit remensicent of
> > > some of the man-eating plants that you might have seen depicted in
> > > various sci-fi, horror, fantasy films. As for the Century Plant, I
> > > recently saw an old black & white move called "The Thing From Another
> > > World", in which one of the characters discussed intelligence in
> > > animals, and said that the Century Plant could trap insects and small
> > > rodents to digest them, but I guess that's not true. :-)
> > >
> > > -Patrick-