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As a comment about Devil's Claw (Proboscidea parviflora var. hohokamiana), Xeramtheum wrote:

Proboscidea parviflora var. hohokamiana is considered a weed .. a bad one at that. It's also considered a proto-carnivorous plant though the jury is still out on that .. it's not unusual to see dead insects trapped on the leaves but so far no 'digestive' juices have been found on this plant. It could be considered 'carnivorous' in another way though.

The flower is gorgeous though the scent is really icky .. I can't keep these in the greenhouse when in bloom because they smell so bad! The immature seedpod is edible while still green - it gets about 6 - 8 inches long. Once mature, the green bits fall off and you are left with this very scary looking hard pod. When the pod splits it becomes terrifying! The points are like needles. The individual 'teeth' on the pod are serrated and very, VERY sharp. I can attest to that.

When open, the first set of seeds in the pod falls right out. The second and third sets of seeds hang on to the pod for a long time. One reason it is considered carnivorous is that passing animals will get caught on a pod, which will embed itself into flesh. Large animals like cows can be hurt by these pods. Smaller animals that have a pod attached to them can actually die. When they try to bite it off them, they end up embedding it even further into their flesh and the serrated 'teeth' will lacerate their mouths. Ultimately the animal is either maimed severely or dies of infection or blood loss. That's when the 2nd & 3rd set of seeds fall out of the pod and germinate in the decaying flesh of its victim.
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Bubbles
Dec 16, 2012 7:17 PM CST
...but I'm going to have nightmares now! Up to this moment, I've always said I've never met a plant I didn't like. I think this is one I'll avoid.
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2012 7:29 PM CST
They are interesting plants (and boy do they stink!) but you don't want to be growing them around kids & pets for sure!
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eclayne
Dec 16, 2012 8:10 PM CST

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I just left a page at the International Carnivorous Plant Society trying to find information about your Ibicella lutea, Xeramtheum. P. parviflora is covered as well and I agree nightmares are in the offing, (Sandi please do not read). http://www.carnivorousplants.org/howto/GrowingGuides/Ibicell...
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Bubbles
Dec 16, 2012 10:16 PM CST
And of course, I read it! 'Even made DH read it.
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2012 10:33 PM CST
I've got bunches of seeds if you'd like to give it a whirl Eclayne. It's not one you want to start early in the house either because it blooms fast .. less than 6 weeks after germination and had hard pods 14 weeks after flowering.

I've given this genus a lot of thought trying to figure out what kinds of ecological pressures would evolve such a monster.
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eclayne
Dec 16, 2012 11:40 PM CST

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It would make anyone think twice re: messing about with your plants Sandi. If I only had a greenhouse Xeramtheum I'd take you up on your kind offer.
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Bubbles
Dec 17, 2012 8:08 AM CST
I'm surprised someone hasn't made a horror movie about these as alien beings dropping out of the sky, snagging a few humans, and then multiplying. Hmmmmm...maybe that's what really wiped out the dinosaurs!

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