Brocchinia tatei flowers



Bromelia_brocchinia_tatei

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Monocots
(unranked):     Commelinids
Order:     Poales
Family:     Bromeliaceae
Subfamily:     Pitcairnioideae
Genus:     Brocchinia
Species:     B. tatei
Binomial name
Brocchinia tatei

Brocchinia reducta



Brocchinia_reducta_(Roraima_tepui)

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Monocots
(unranked):     Commelinids
Order:     Poales
Family:     Bromeliaceae
Subfamily:     Pitcairnioideae
Genus:     Brocchinia
Species:     B. reducta
Binomial name
Brocchinia reducta

Carnivorous mechanism:-
Brocchinia reducta,  forms a water-storing cup with its tightly-overlapping leaves.

The leaves surrounding the cup of B. reducta are coated with loose, waxy scales. These scales are highly reflective of ultraviolet light.

Many insects are attracted to ultraviolet (it is also reflected by many flowers), this is an efficient lure. The water in the cup also emits a sweet odor, which may serve to attract ants and other insects.

The brocchinia reducta absorbs its nutrients from the outer cell wall that contain trichomes that transport molecules that are 6.6 nm.

The scales, being loose, provide a poor foothold for insects landing on them. This allows insects to slip into the water-filled cup and eventually drown.

Brocchinia micrantha



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Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Monocots
(unranked):     Commelinids
Order:     Poales
Family:     Bromeliaceae
Subfamily:     Brocchinioideae
Genus:     Brocchinia

Species: B. micrantha
Binomial name

Brocchinia micrantha