Posts

“Sheep-eating” carnivorous plant Puya chilensis and other dangerous plants

The Puya chilensis

The Puya chilensis

Seymour from the Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors probably wouldn’t be worried by the so-called sheep-eating plant Puya chilensis, a carnivorous plant native to Chile, but the Internet is abuzz with the news of one of these spiny, dangerous plants blooming at the Royal Horticultural Society greenhouse in Surrey, England. Related to the pineapple and a member of the bromeliaceae family, the Puya chilensis grows to a height of ten feet and features bright green and yellow flowers, each of which grows on a flower spike. These spikes snare passing sheep, which, being stuck to the sheep, then starve to death. The Puya chilensis then draws nutrients from the decaying animal, which acts as fertilizer. Read more