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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 10:41 am » by Webcat


This article caught my eye - apparently there's a plant that 'eats' sheep!

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"The RHS Puya chilensis is expected to be in bloom in the glasshouse for about a week."

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley said the Puya chilensis, a native of Chile, would bloom in the next few days and last about a week.

In the Andes it uses its sharp spines to snare and trap sheep and other animals, which slowly starve to death.

The animals then decay at the base of the plant, acting as a fertiliser.

The RHS feeds its specimen on liquid fertiliser.


I had never heard of this plant or its bizzare method of 'eating'.

It reminded me of the book/film "The Day of the Triffids."

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I wonder if the author John Wyndham received any inspiration from these wonders of nature?

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"A group of the 'sheep-eaters' waiting for their next meal......."

Mother nature is truly wonderful!

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-22967160
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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 12:56 pm » by Poppa_pygar


Webby Mother nature is truly wonderful, and we are hell bent on destroying it. Nature is all ready fighting back, and if we are not careful it will too late for the human race a a species.
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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 2:23 pm » by Kinninigan


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there are actully alot more "carnivous" plants then people realize. i believe in the times of dinosaurs there may have been alot more, and bigger, flesh eating plants.

i have always wanted to get a venus fly trap also!


great post, and watch out sheep!











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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 2:56 pm » by Webcat


Poppa_pygar wrote:Webby Mother nature is truly wonderful, and we are hell bent on destroying it. Nature is all ready fighting back, and if we are not careful it will too late for the human race a a species.


Sadly, that's true Poppa - mankind seems to have a 'death wish' when it comes to nature, they don't seem to understand that humans are just A part of nature and NOT the reason for it! :(

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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 3:01 pm » by Webcat


Kinninigan wrote::flop:

there are actully alot more "carnivous" plants then people realize. i believe in the times of dinosaurs there may have been alot more, and bigger, flesh eating plants.

i have always wanted to get a venus fly trap also!


great post, and watch out sheep!











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Can you imagine the size of plants that could scoff down a dinosaur! :obsessed:

I'd love to see one of those - from a distance! :mrgreen:

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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 3:04 pm » by Thruster


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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 3:10 pm » by Kinninigan


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maybe this movie was a documentry not a comedy!






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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 3:12 pm » by Poppa_pygar


I loved that Movie.
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PostThu Jun 20, 2013 3:16 pm » by Webcat


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Loved that film - especially steve martin as the mad dentist!

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