I was planning to follow up on Jeff’s phosphorus post with a bit more “phun with phosphorous.” However, I was completely derailed by Ray Eckhart’s message and link left for me on our GP facebook page with this headline:
“The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley said the Puya
chilensis, a native of Chile, would bloom in the next few days and last
about a week.
In the Andes it uses its sharp spines to snare and trap sheep and other animals, which slowly starve to death.”
“The animals then decay at the base of the plant, acting as a fertiliser.”
[Dear BBC News: “Snare” and “Eat” are not really interchangeable]
How…have I not heard of this before.
I’ve posted previously on my Puya fixation. I asked readers to bet on how long it would take for me to kill my wee Puya bertoniana, mail-ordered from Annie’s Annuals. I am happy to report that it made through the winter (greenhouse) and is now sunning itself on our deck.
Now this really ups the ante – it captures sheep! Maybe P. bertoniana isn’t as robust as P. chilensis though. Perhaps…a vole or rabbit?