Cat tongue?

Well, maybe it’s not a cat tongue (no way my cats would put up with this), but what is it?  Name both the plant and the function of this tissue for full credit!

Answer and more photos on Monday – have a great weekend!

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Linda Chalker-Scott

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and a Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. She conducts research in applied plant and soil sciences, publishing the results in scientific articles and university Extension fact sheets. Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing, Inc., and How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015). Her latest effort is an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019). In 2018 Linda was featured in a video series – The Science of Gardening – produced by The Great Courses. She also is one of the Garden Professors – a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. Linda’s contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. "The Garden Professors" Facebook page - "The Garden Professors" Facebook group - Books:

6 thoughts on “Cat tongue?”

  1. My first thought is carnivorous plant. The downward pointing hairs will keep insects from climbing up. But the picture makes it look like an OUTSIDE part so maybe it’s to help shed water.

    Not sure what the plant is but those are my guesses to the function of the hairs. Can’t wait till Monday to get the answer to this one!

  2. OK after looking the carnivores over and feeding them slugs… (a satisfying way to get rid of them) I now think it is a Sarracenia, not a Nepenthes.

  3. Looks really weird..
    But it is not a cats tongue..but may be some type of carnivorous plants found in amazon forests.

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