Carnivory in the Bromeliad Brocchinia reducta, with a Cost/Benefit Model for the General Restriction of Carnivorous Plants to Sunny, Moist, Nutrient-Poor Habitats

@article{Givnish1984CarnivoryIT,
  title={Carnivory in the Bromeliad Brocchinia reducta, with a Cost/Benefit Model for the General Restriction of Carnivorous Plants to Sunny, Moist, Nutrient-Poor Habitats},
  author={T. Givnish and Elizabeth L. Burkhardt and R. Happel and J. D. Weintraub},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1984},
  volume={124},
  pages={479 - 497}
}
Brocchinia reducta is the first documented case of carnivory in the Bromeliaceae. Its erect leaves form a yellowish cylinder with a cuticular lubricant on its inner surface, impound fluid that emits a nectarlike fragrance, and bear trichomes capable of absorbing amino acids from this fluid in which numerous insects, mainly ants, drown. Trichome absorptivity and aspects of trichome structure appear unique in the primitive subfamily Pitcairnioideae. We present the first rigorous definition of… Expand
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