By Paul Temple
This revised "Wisley guide" covers carnivorous - or insect-eating - vegetation
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Propagation Best from g e m m a e , treating these as seed. Leaf cuttings can also be used with s o m e species. Fork-leaved s u n d e w s This s u p e r b a n d easily g r o w n g r o u p consists of several varieties or forms of o n e species, D. binata. As a rule, the longer the n a m e the m o r e b r a n c h e d the variety will be, D. binata multifida extrema having leaves with over ten forks. T h e species itself has leaf stems up to 12 in. (30 cm) long, bearing a single Y-shaped fork, w h i c h is covered in a profusion of tentacles.
D. anglica: hardy, largest of the British s u n d e w s . PINGUICULA BUTTERWORT Well k n o w n to many orchid g r o w e r s are the b u t t e r w o r t s . Their sticky leaves are particularly efficient at attracting a n d killing the small flies that attack o r c h i d s a n d can be used as a most effective living fly-paper. Apart from their usefulness, these are s o m e of the most attractive plants available. T h e leaves form fleshy rosettes 1 to 9 in. 5 cm) in diameter, of a delightful shade of light green, and the surfaces are covered in the greatest c o n c e n t r a t i o n of dewproducing tentacles found in any c a r n i v o r o u s plant, giving an effect unique in the plant world.
39). D. 13 and 39). D. aliciae: very easy rosette, suitable for windowsill. D. peltata: upright plant, easiest of the t u b e r o u s types. D. 18). D. stoloni/era: easy tuberous, m a n y forms, large white flowers. D. adelae: must be kept w a r m , large, leaves well coloured in sun. D. proli/era: stoloniferous, s p r e a d s quickly, keep w a r m a n d humid. D. 8 and 63). D. anglica: hardy, largest of the British s u n d e w s . PINGUICULA BUTTERWORT Well k n o w n to many orchid g r o w e r s are the b u t t e r w o r t s .