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By: Exotic Plant Nursery  09-12-2011
Keywords: Flowers, Leaflets

Tillandsia Bulbosa is a stemless plant with few leaves. The name refers to the swollen base of the plant. The leaves have fewer water-collecting scales, making them appear greener than other tillandsias. An average adult grows to about 20 cm across and 15 cm in height. When in bloom the upper leaves become a cherry red accented with lavender flowers.

A tropical pitcher plant with large pitchers attaining 20 cm in height. The plant is a vine that can reach 20 m long. It is a vigorous climber which produces an abundance of pitchers as long as the humidity is high.

Caput Medusae, is a thick and green with tapering and twisting leaves that can reach about 25 cm. Caput Medusae is Latin for "head of Medusa". They take in all of the water and nutrients they need from the air. Their color is generally more intense when budding and when getting lots of light.

This is a true giant, growing up to 40 m high. They have numerous branches at a node and one or two much larger than the rest. It has many stems tufted on a stout root stock. New shoots start growing slowly, but soon grow approximately 30 cm per day. 75 cm in one day has been recorded in Sri Lanka.

The Sweet pitcher plant traps insects using a rolled leaf. It grows about 65 cm high. The top part of the leaf is flared into a lid to prevent rain from entering the pitcher and diluting the digestive secretions within. The top part of the pitcher is covered with short, stiff, downward pointing hairs. These hairs make it next to imposible for insects to climb back up from the tube. As if that wasn't enough, the Sweet Pitcher Plant also has nectar secreting glands to attract prey and a slippery rim, making the prey loose their footing and fall into the trap where they are digested. The plant produces bright red, sweet smelling flowers.

The size of the Yellow Butterwort's leaves vary with the age of the plant, but are generally around 5 to 7 cm when mature. A mature plant will bear multiple flower stalks, each bearing one flower usually chrome-yellow in color. They range from 5 cm to about 25 cm in height. The plant can however occasionally have purple, pink, or white blooms. Flowers range in size from 1 to 3 cm. A sticky substance is secreted by glands on the surface of the leaf, where the unsuspecting prey is captured and slowly digested. Its main prey is usually pretty small, such as midges, whiteflies, gnats, etc.

The Sky Plant grows on deciduous trees and rocks. It most commonly grows as a stemless plant, with leaves of 5 cm to 10 cm long, covered with coarse, silvery-grey scales that both store water until it can be absorbed and act to reflect intense sunlight from the leaf surface, thereby preventing excessive water loss through transpiration. The outer leaves are green and the inner leaves are deep red at the time of flowering. The violet petals are over 4 cm long and the yellow stamens and pistil protrude from the end. The fruit is a capsule about 3 cm in length containing the seeds, each having a feathered tuft of hairs.

The Bird of Paradise plant grows up to 2 m tall, with large, strong leaves. The flowers stand tall above the foliage. The spathe, the hard beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges, is perpendicular to the stem, giving it the appearance of a bird's head and beak. In actuality, it is a perch for holding the sunbirds which are the main pollinators of the flowers. When the sunbirds perch to drink the nectar, the petals open and cover their feet in pollen. Long lasting flowers.

The Tit Plant has very unusual bright yellow pear-shaped fruit with nipple-like protrusions. Violet colored flowers. It shows thorns on its stem as well as on the surface of its deeply lobed leaves. This is an erect tropical shrub growing up to 1.5m high. The fruit contains numerous brownish-red seeds in it.

The Sensitive Plant. The leaves of this plant will fold and the branches will droop upon touching them or if they are exposed to heat, but reopen 10 to 15 minutes later. The leaves also fold at night, giving the impression that it is sleeping. Seedlings will also react when watered. It produces pale pink or purple flower heads. The fruit consists of clusters of 2 to 8 pods from 1 to 2 cm long each. The pods break into 2 to 5 segments containing brown seeds roughly 2.5 mm long.

Giant Sensitive Plant. Mature trees reach 15-20 m in height and up to 50 cm in diameter. The leaves consist of pairs of small, narrow leaflets that react to the touch. The tree produces small white to yellow flower heads and small, narrow flat pods.

The Sikerpud is a truly remarkable plant that looks like a miniature palm rarely exceeding 25cm high. It grows a woody stem from which all leaves and flowers grow. Its most remarkable feature is its ability to fold its leaves together when touched. The flowers are approximately 1cm in diameter and are normally yellow, with a red or orange streak in the center of each of the 5 petals.

The Dancing Plant. This plant is renowned for its movement of its small lateral leaflets at speeds rapid enough to be perceivable with the naked eye. Each large leaf also move but expend a lot of energy, so the plant samples the light intensity by moving the lateral leaflets to optimize the movement of the large leaves and directing them to the area of most intensity. The rotation of the leaflets with a period of about 3 to 5 minutes. The flowers are purple.

The Partridge Pea, as it is commonly known, is an annual erect legume plant that reaches a height of 30cm to 90cm. The leaves consist of 10 to 16 pairs of small, narrow leaflets that react to the touch. The yellow flowers are about 3cm across, grow 2 to 4 together in clusters on the stem. The fruit is a straight, narrow pod, which splits along 2 sutures as it dries.

The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests prey.

Keywords: Flowers, Leaflets