Monday, August 09, 2004

Darlingtonia...the plant with an appetite for life

Across from the Elk's Lodge outside of Florence, there's a wooded wayside. I always thought the name "Darlingtonia" referred to the park. But it's the plants IN the park. We took a walk on the wild side and met up with the gang.

These cobra-like plants are pretty unique little fellows. They lure insects with those pointy "tongues", who then crawl into the hood for a sweet treat. Once there, they are confused by the many little "windows" of light. Can't find their way out...and down the hatch they go. They fall down the thick tubular stem into a pool of digestive enzymes. Never to be seen or heard from again...except for an occasional muffled burp from the guys. Posted by Hello