- Quiet revisions in OCP are concerning
- BC Coroners Service identifies backcountry skier
- Multiple other fire starts in blaze vicinity: RCMP
- Backcountry skiing fatality
- Schiller Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Chef 2015
- Stetski seeks to lead NDP in Kootenay-Columbia
- Grown men brought to tears at Griz Days
- Iconic Canadian rock comes to WFP
- Griz Days 2015 a beaut
- Early Years Centre coming for valley
What’s Up – ButterwortPosted: June 30, 2012
By Larry Halverson/Friends of Kootenay
This pretty violet-purple flower is carnivorous! So I was very careful when taking its picture. Actually I was in no harm but if a small insect should land or try crossing one of its leaves it would be deadly.
Butterworts grow in poor mineral soils, so they digest insects to supplement needed nutrients, particularly nitrogen. They capture their prey using a fly paper approach. Insects, which are attracted to the plant become stuck in the leaf’s sticky coating. Then they are “eaten” by digestive enzymes.
A good spot to see Butterworts in Kootenay National Park is in the wet areas along the highway at Numa Flats. The area is a real mine field for insects.
If you are into it you can look for subspecies of Butterworts see BC’s EFlora Atlas.
Above image: Butterwort flowers bloom into July but the plant is still recognizable without flowers by its unique leaves. Photo by Larry HalversonTags: ButterwortsFriends of KootenayKootenay National ParkLarry HalversonWhat's Up
Avalanche Canada gets $325,000 from Trust> Read More
COTR gets funds to expand industrial training programs> Read More
Iconic Canadian rock comes to WFP> Read More
Spring into Bluegrass at Royal Alex March 28> Read More
Schiller Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Chef 2015> Read More
Grown men brought to tears at Griz Days> Read More
Griz Days Parade a rolling riot> Read More
Griz Days 2015 a beaut> Read More