Subscription options:


Font Size:
butterwort

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 Halverson

Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


More Stories

Smokey red sun

Ontario crew to help at Baynes

> Read More
Waterbomber CRIA

Ontario firefighters B.C. bound

> Read More
CV RCMP Stn

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

> Read More
STARS

Young woman airlifted to Foothills after rollover

> Read More
rollerdiscoleadjpg

Roller Disco coming to Invermere

> Read More
Province on alert

B.C. on high alert

> Read More
Baynes area fire Hwy 93

Baynes area fire 50% contained

> Read More
Fernie Mtn Biking

Fernie becoming hot spot for trail users

> Read More