A very rare carnivorous plant.

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A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Alexander » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:35 am

Here in The Netherlands we have a very rare carnivorous waterplant. Its Aldrovanda vesiculosa and it has the same snapping mechanism to catch insects as Dionaea muscipula, the venus flytrap.
In most parts of Europe its has became extinct during the last century. The area where it grows is about 25 km south of Amsterdam.

Here a link to it.

http://waarneming.nl/soort/info/149786?_popup=1

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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by fern Rob » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:52 pm

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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Clive60 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:03 pm

New to me Alexander, I don't know if it has ever inhabited the UK.
I think we only have three native insectivorous plants, Sundew, Butterwort and the Aquatic Bladderwort.


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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Conifers » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:35 pm

Clive60 wrote:New to me Alexander, I don't know if it has ever inhabited the UK.
Nope, no record from Britain. Reading about it, it seems to need more summer heat than Britain has, to be able to do well.
Clive60 wrote:I think we only have three native insectivorous plants, Sundew, Butterwort and the Aquatic Bladderwort.
Three genera, but there's three species of Sundew, four Butterworts and six Bladderworts native to Britain, so 13 species altogether.


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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Alexander » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:26 am

Clive60 wrote:New to me Alexander, I don't know if it has ever inhabited the UK.
I think we only have three native insectivorous plants, Sundew, Butterwort and the Aquatic Bladderwort.
Its has inhabited the UK a long time ago in some warmer interglacial period. They have found fossilized material of it.
But not in the Holocenic period as far as I know.

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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Conifers » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:33 am

From one of Alexander's links: relatively warm water in summer (optimum 25-28°C)

Methinks one can forget about it growing in Britain!


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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Alexander » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:00 am

Conifers wrote:From one of Alexander's links: relatively warm water in summer (optimum 25-28°C)

Methinks one can forget about it growing in Britain!
Well they grow here in the Western parts of The Netherlands very well. And summers are very similair here with the central, southeast and southern part of the UK. With arround 16 C they will grow allready. But during summer the water will warm up till arround 20 to 22 C wich is enough for rapid growth. During warm periods like last summer growth can be very fast. These waterwheel plants just growth below the water surface where you get the highrest temperaturtes.

So I think provide you get the right sort of habitat it will grow very well there. Well not in the colder northern parts like Scotland.

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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by James1991 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:25 pm

i know this thread is a little old but i only just found it :). the waterwheel does very well in britain and is a native (or was). it grows on 5 continents and is very adaptable. the only problem i find with cultivation is algae kills it :(


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Re: A very rare carnivorous plant.

Post by Alexander » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:37 am

James1991 wrote:i know this thread is a little old but i only just found it :). the waterwheel does very well in britain and is a native (or was). it grows on 5 continents and is very adaptable. the only problem i find with cultivation is algae kills it :(
Aldrovanda is not an esy plant to grow, far from that. For more informations have a look at:

www.bestcarnivorousplants.com/aldrovanda/

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