Unicorn Plant Or Devils Claw - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Wayne, IN
Question by wooty
March 18, 1999

I recently aquired a package of seeds from our county extension office. The seeds are idenified as Devil's Claw or Unicorn Plant. I have looked in books for this plant or seed and cannot find it. If you have heard of it please let me know.


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Answer from NGA
March 18, 1999

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To be honest, I had never heard of either one. After some research, I did find a few things. Unicorn Plant is known botanically as Proboscidea. Strangely, "Proboscidea" is also the name of the order of mammals that includes Asian and African elephants....go figure! I learned this plant is semi-carnivorous - what an interesting little seed you have there:

Here are some websites with info you might find interesting:

http://www.seedpods.com/

http://www.flytrap.demon.co.uk/images/probl_01.jpg
(this is a picture)

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