The word ‘carnivore’ conjures up images of exotic wild animals; we may think of beautiful tigers, terrifying alligators, or even prehistoric dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex. But Manor Gardens Nursery of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, stock an entirely different kind of carnivores.
Carnivorous plants have been a source of fascination to botanists ever since 1875 when Charles Darwin published the first widely read work on these fascinating organisms. Animals which ate plants were well known. Animals which ate other animals could easily be found. Plants which effectively ate other plants, like some kinds of fungi, were well documented. But plants which ate animals? The suggestion must have seemed as unbelievable to readers as the events described in John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids over three quarters of a century later.
But carnivorous plants are real, and for sale in Rotherham. They are an exotic alternative to the more common house and garden plants, and are sure to provide a talking point in any social situation. As carnivorous plants tend to be found in isolation in the wild, a single example can be all it takes to transform a Rotherham garden. And since they grow very well in rocky conditions and poor soil and obtain most of their nutrients from their prey, they can be somewhat self sufficient when it comes to maintenance.
What mechanisms are used by the carnivorous plants for sale at Manor Gardens Nursery, Rotherham, to trap their prey? It is widely accepted that there are five types of trap among the various species of carnivorous plant:
Pitfall traps are plants which have internal chambers called pitchers, which may be patterned and scented to resemble flowers. Insects innocently buzzing through the Rotherham air are attracted to these carnivorous plants, slip down the waxy leaves, and are digested within the pitcher. One example, the so called ‘Cobra plant’, catches ants which become worn out exploring many ‘false exits’ within the pitcher. When the ants are too tired to try to escape, they become food for the plant. ‘Monkey cups’ are carnivorous plants large enough to capture small mammals and reptiles.
Flypaper traps, as the name suggests, are plants with long leaves which are sticky like fly paper. Flypaper fraps produce a natural glue to prevent the escape of insects which land on their leaves. These carnivorous plants for sale in Rotherham differ from pitfall traps in that they are active rather than passive, that is they react to the presence of prey by moving to capture it.
Snap traps, such as the Venus Fly Trap, are what most people picture when you mention carnivorous plants. Their leaves look like grotesque mouths, and contain tiny trigger hairs. When the hairs are stimulated, the trap snaps shut. Most of the customers who come to our Rotherham nursery for carnivorous plants are searching for snap traps.
The other two types of plants are bladder traps and lobster pot traps.
Come and see our full range of carnivorous plants at our Rotherham nursery.