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Carnivorous plants: Brocchinia reducta

Carnivorous plants: Brocchinia reducta



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Classification, origin and description

First name: Brocchinia reducta Baker, 1882
Kind: Brocchinia
Family: Bromeliaceae

Brocchinia reducta is a plant belonging to the Bromeliads family and is native to the Tepui region (Venezuela). Like few other species in this family, it is a carnivorous plant.

General description

It is composed of long and leathery lanceolate leaves arranged in a rosette. The leaves surrounding lurna are covered with smooth and waxy scales, which reflect ultraviolet rays. A long branched stem with small white flowers develops from the center of the rosette.
Since many insects are attracted to ultraviolet light, the leaves of this plant act as bait for them. The water contained within the urns also emits a sweetish smell capable of attracting ants and other insects. The smooth and waxy coating of the leaves prevents preys from finding support points; this causes them to slide inside the urn, where they drown. The enzymes and bacteria present in the urn water digest the trapped insects and release the nutrients that are absorbed by the leaves.


Brocchinia reducta Baker, 1882 (CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=384161)


Brocchinia flowers reducta Baker, 1882 (photo sarracenia.com https://eol.org/)

Environmental requirements, substrate, fertilizations and special precautions

Temperature: the temperature must never drop below 10 ° C.
Light: They love the full sun during the summer, however we recommend a slight shade during the hottest periods of the year.
Environmental watering and humidity: use rainwater or demineralised water, and administer other water when the saucer is dry.
Substrate: the ideal substrate is formed of peat and perlite in equal parts; the roots develop long and filamentous
Fertilizations and special precautions:

Multiplication

It propagates mainly from the division of the rosette once the plant is adult

Diseases, pests and adversities


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