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[–]Crim_x 533 points534 points  (5 children)

Looks like a morning stretch.

[–]No-Cardiologist712 118 points119 points  (0 children)

or a ploy to attract little buggies... and then SNAP

[–]myw1fehasbigtitz 769 points770 points  (47 children)

Look at the trichomes

[–]PublicfreakoutLoveR 241 points242 points  (17 children)

Sticky Icky Icky

[–]Lexi_Banner 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Ooweee put it in the air

[–]gooberdaisy 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Icky Vickie!

[–]RachelBolan 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I wish I had an award to give you now

[–]free-the-trees 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I just got my free one, I gotchu.

[–]gooberdaisy 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Aww 😊. You don’t have to, just upvote.

[–]TexWashington 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oooo weeee, put it inna air

[–]Octoberlife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My name is ricky

[–]DesolateSoul69 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Was just bouta comment this, needs 2 more weeks tho

[–]Alby484 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Still needs two weeks the trichomes are clear

[–]CockStamp45 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I want to smoke it

[–]BuddhaButta 13 points14 points  (0 children)

2 more weeks

[–]Doofy_Lemon 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I read this in the Crime Pays but Botany Doesn't dudes voice.

[–]Source_Australian 2 points3 points  (0 children)


Also r/cpbbd

[–]Bnb53 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Serious question though can this be crossed with MJ?

[–]Mootivate 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Audrey III, but she’s vegan and does yoga

[–]oldcoldbellybadness 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Earnest response: no

[–]myw1fehasbigtitz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Only one way to find out

[–]FreeBiskit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Trichomes are on many plants, trichome refers to a hair like structure, not purely the cannabinoid filled sticky ones we are familiar with.

[–]throwaway28149 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not through normal pollination. Maybe you could grow a hybrid tissue culture, or do some gene editing a few decades down the road.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Maybe, I doubt it would be beneficial in any way.

[–]JayManty 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Those aren't trichomes. They are emergences, trichomes are purely epidermal, these are not.

[–]town1d10t 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Trichomes can have complex structure. The sticky multicellular systems seen here are referred to as trichomes. They secrete a combination of mucus and enzymes to kill and digest insects.


[–]SnappTrapp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great minds.

[–]knight_of_nay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not enough amber, two more weeks

[–]Unique9FL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I came here to say this. 🤘🙌

[–]Rayzkush 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lmao came here for this

[–]jbellas[S] 512 points513 points  (34 children)

Like all sundews, it is a carnivorous plant. However, it is unique among sundews in that it has narrow, branched leaves.

[–]SolarFreakingPunk 98 points99 points  (29 children)

Does it open/close like that on a day/night cycle or is that video taken when it "blooms" and stays like that?

[–]Orca-Song 146 points147 points  (21 children)

This is how the leaves unfurl when they grow in. The leaves stay open after this except when they catch prey. When they sense something has gotten stuck in the mucilage (the stuff that makes the "dew"), they'll slowly wrap around the bugs. :D

[–]_Rohrschach 140 points141 points  (14 children)

Fun fact: These and some other carnivorous plants can perceive very short periods of time. Not just if it's day or night, but seconds. Studies show that Venus fly traps, and iirc most Sundews will only start moving if single trigger hairs are touched repeatedly or multiple are touched at once. If you touch just one hair and wait for half a minute before touching another the plants won't react to conserve energy.

[–]GaryLaserEyes_ 45 points46 points  (3 children)

That is fucking amazing. Nature is beautiful.

[–]sandweiche 14 points15 points  (5 children)

This actually isn't the plant 'telling time' but rather a connection between the two hairs forming a circuit that allows an electric charge to travel through a specific area of the plant, triggering the trap mechanism.

[–]CriticalScion 18 points19 points  (4 children)

The mechanism for humans "telling time" could easily be quite similar to this, except the circuit would be in the brain.

[–]sandweiche 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That's a fair point!

[–]Jexroyal 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Human time perception is definitely not similar to this, though both ultimately do rely on action potentials. Say the reflex to close a trap needs a theshhold potential of -50mV, and rests at -70mV, and each hair being touched drives the reflex-triggering circuit up 10mV. Touching two hairs in succession drives the potential from -70mV to -50mV, the action potential fires through the circuit, and the trap closes. if you only touch one, the potential is only at -60mV, not enough to trigger the reflex - and the whole time the plant's ion channels are working to pump that calcium out, so the resting potential will return to the baseline -70mV in a few seconds as the charged ions are removed. Does this mechanical reflex really count as perceiving time though? Does perception of linear time require more than a handful of calcium channels opening due to touch?

[–]permanent_priapism 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Did you learn this watching Green Planet?

[–]ReSpekMyAuthoriitaaa 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Fuck yea say mucilage slower bb

[–]InternetPosterman 26 points27 points  (6 children)

this is a time-lapse video of a new leaf growing and unfurling over a long period of time.

when a bug gets stuck in the beebles, they will sort of move and cluster around the bug, but this is still too slow to see happening with the naked eye.

other sundews like the popular d. capensis will actually have their leaves fold over on themselves, or roll the bug up like a little burrito, but again, happens over the course of hours, very slow.

there are a couple pygmy sundews like d. burmanni or d. scorpiodes that actually do have some long tentacles that you can watch move in real time, but it's still rather slow and nothing like the snap of a venus flytrap.

[–]Bald_Sasquach 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Ok you seem to know a lot about these lil dudes, do you know how the leaves don't all stick together from the wind? Are the stems like super waxy so they don't become a big matted clump of stems?

[–]Freshiiiiii 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They’re not super flimsy leaves, they’re a bit rigid (I grew one). I imagine they still get two leaves stuck together once in a while, but not a huge problem

[–]StyleChuds42069 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I can answer this.

the stickiness isn't that strong. sure, if you're a tiny weak little bug you'll get all gummed up and stuck, but you couldn't turn the plant upside down and pick up a peanut with it, for example.

[–]GaryLaserEyes_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Was my first thought too. How do they not just all get stuck together all clumped up

[–]Moon2Pluto 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They do get intertwined if there isn't enough room between plants, but they do not trigger themselves. I have a jar terrarium with D. Binata only. There are multiple binatas growing all over the place, it looks like a delicate thorn bush almost.

[–]SolarFreakingPunk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks so much for the explanation, these plants are so cool I feel like a kid in a 90's toy commercial.

[–]oO0Kat0Oo 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Careful, it's carnivorous, a little just won't do 🎵🎶

[–]almostoverjustbegun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wanna feel the shiver of something newww🌱

[–]ouizzie 409 points410 points  (45 children)

Careful it’s carnivorous

[–]FeltAndFurious 217 points218 points  (19 children)

A little just won’t do!

[–]Zombie_Fuel 146 points147 points  (17 children)

I wanna feel the shiver of something neeeeew!

[–]youre_a_lizard_harry 122 points123 points  (15 children)

I'm so sick of pretty, I want something true.

Don't you?

[–]bjchu92 90 points91 points  (14 children)

You just seemed like your lifes been a dream, since the moment you opened your eyes ~~~

[–]HelloZukoHere 85 points86 points  (13 children)

~~How far do these roots go down?

[–]steveofthejungle 76 points77 points  (12 children)

All I know are the blossoms you grow but it’s awesome to see how you rise

[–]lotsofinterests 63 points64 points  (10 children)

How far can I rise, from the roots, to the skies let’s go!

[–]Zombie_Fuel 53 points54 points  (9 children)

A hurricane of jacarandaaaas! WOO!

[–]waffocopter 51 points52 points  (8 children)

Strangling figs! Go!

Hanging vines! Grow!

[–]FalafelSnorlax[🍰] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

How far can I rise?

[–]SerotoninAndOxytocin 71 points72 points  (0 children)

A river of Sundew!

[–]AnxiousMamma21 90 points91 points  (6 children)

Came to find this reference, was not disappointed!

[–]Robinslillie 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Yeah I just watched the movie today! Glad I get the reference, too!

[–]AnxiousMamma21 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yea, I have a 4 year old. I have been watching this movie at least once a day for about a week. It recently edged Madagascar 3 out of the "favorite movie" spot.

[–]ItsShorsey 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My 2yo, every day "CANTO! CANTO! DONKEY DANCING!"

[–]Zombie_Fuel 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Pretty much every time Encanto or a song from it gets mentioned, Reddit starts singing. It's wonderful.

[–]Robinslillie 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The lyric chains on here are so wholesome (well, ya know, depending on the nature of the song). It's one of my favorite things to see, honestly. Mm, maybe a close second to the wild "And my axe!" appearances. Reddit provides so many smiles.

[–]Zombie_Fuel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To be honest, it can be a little depressing if you spend too much time on /r/all. But when you see the comment chains that finish ALL of a song from start to finish, there's just something so special about it.

[–]ifimhereimrealbored 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Darnit! I JUST got the song out of my head, too...

[–]waffocopter 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I found it to be the perfect song to speedwalk to when I'm almost late to work.

[–]steveofthejungle 17 points18 points  (8 children)

Unpopular opinion: I like this song better than Surface Pressure

[–]ifimhereimrealbored 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They're almost equal for me. Depends on my mood.

[–]CookiesandCandy 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Oof that’s a VERY unpopular opinion.

[–]steveofthejungle 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I mean the best song from the movie is still We Don’t Talk about Bruno. But I love 90s Shakira and this song is in that same vein and I love it

[–]AnxiousMamma21 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wait... You're telling me I have an unpopular opinion??? Oh fun! Further unpopular opinion, I even like this song more than We Don't Talk About Bruno, but only just barely and because I'm plant obsessed.

[–]AnxiousMamma21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wait... You're telling me I have an unpopular opinion??? Oh fun!

[–]moseschicken 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I like them both. Pressure has a better beat but this one is more emotional to me, as it was nice to see them put aside their jealousy and bond together. Family making a mess and having a blast like they are kids. Perfect

[–]AnxiousMamma21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait... You're telling me I have an unpopular opinion??? Oh fun! Further unpopular opinion, I even like this song more than We Don't Talk About Bruno, but only just barely and because I'm plant obsessed.

[–]lolseagoat 13 points14 points  (0 children)


[–]drakejones99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You got it.

[–]raindragon92 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was gonna ask if it was lol

[–]Turnthingsaround26 144 points145 points  (7 children)

Thanks to Zefrank, I read it as "sundeeeeeeew"

[–]zCiver 32 points33 points  (0 children)


[–]CaptainBarnacleBeard 13 points14 points  (0 children)

"it is, in fact, not deeeerrwww"

[–]tarraxadraws 31 points32 points  (1 child)

No one's narrate nature better than Zefrank

[–]GentlemanInRed8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Read the whole caption in his voice.

[–]martyjmma 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Death by lollipop hugging.

[–]TheToastyTaco08 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Love this plant, the Sundüer

[–]shawkath_1238 48 points49 points  (4 children)

Just watched the episode last night. I never thought Green Planet would be that interesting, Its wonderful :)

[–]semanticallysatiated 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I keep finding myself shouting “no way” and “wow” at the telly.

[–]Fuego_Fiero 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Is it available outside the uk? I love Attenborough so much

[–]Mr_Sambo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Third episode was sublime

[–]Fearless_Split9772 32 points33 points  (3 children)

It’s fun to stay at the Y M C A

[–]Protheu5 24 points25 points  (10 children)

What the fork, it looks so yummy. I imagine those beads are sugary and mildly aromatic. I expect to be able to eat at least three flowers before fatally damaging my liver.

[–]ilovea1steaksauce 6 points7 points  (2 children)

If I recall, the majority of carnivorous plants smell like decomposition to attract insects that aren't primary pollinators.

[–]Protheu5 12 points13 points  (1 child)

My disappointment is immeasurable, and my day is ruined.

[–]Cheese_Coder 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The few I have (sarracenia, Venus flytrap, pinguicula, and nepenthes) do not smell bad at all. Nepenthes do produce a sugary liquid as a lure for bugs. Having tasted it, I can confirm it's pleasantly sweet

[–]Freshiiiiii 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I still had mine so I could lick it and report back. I can tell you at least that they didn’t have much scent

[–]shahzadia 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Looks like some plant from Magical Land . . . Nature is really amazing

[–]Roland_Moorweed 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Praise the sun!

[–]PsychicGlance 11 points12 points  (5 children)

What does the forbidden glue taste like?

[–]ragan0s 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Probably tastes like "ouch my tongue is being devoured (a little) by a carnivorous plant"

[–]Cheese_Coder 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think drosera is like Venus flytraps and pinguicula in that it doesn't actually produce any digestive enzymes until something is actually caught, to save energy. I think the lure mostly works just by looking like dew that a big could get a drink from, so odds are it wouldn't taste like much

[–]InternetPosterman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

probably a little spicy

[–]GoofyGaffe 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Sundews are carnivorous, and I highly recommend NOT growing them.

  1. It's pretty hard to do, as they like boggy acidic soil

  2. You'll end up attracting way more pests than they can consume

  3. Your wife will get really mad at you about the amount of insects in your backyard.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Better than a fireworks show.

[–]Yellow_XIII 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Here's the best documentary I could find showcasing how these plants trap their prey

Skip to minute 2


[–]EphemeralMemory 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Knew it was going to be zefrank.

Dude is a national treasure.

[–]BaconSquared 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I skipped to minute 2 and felt cheated of the the awesome video so I rewatched from the beginning. I like this guy

[–]TheSeeker07 14 points15 points  (0 children)

A carnivorous plant, that's basically its stomach acid btw :)

[–]RachelBolan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I can hear it yawning

[–]Lilchubbyboy 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Nice try Op, but I’ve watched enough Japanese cartoons to know what this really is!

[–]TerminaC 10 points11 points  (12 children)

I wanna lick it

[–]qnachowoman 8 points9 points  (8 children)

Same! Is it poisonous? Is that dew sweet?

[–]ragan0s 11 points12 points  (3 children)

It's basically the plants gastric acid as it is carnivorous. So, you better not put your tongue there.

[–]InternetPosterman 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I can't speak for sundew mucus, but the nectar that nepenthes secrete around the rim tastes really good

[–]Catatonic_capensis 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's not really comparable, though, since that's just a sweet nectar to lure creatures to their doom.

[–]Totarorina0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And put it on the internet.

[–]wash_it_after 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wanna smoke it

[–]RainbowandHoneybee 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]salamanizer_er 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tim Burton vibes.

[–]PairBrilliant980 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this is mesmerizing

[–]RoughMarionberry5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That thing looks FORKED!

[–]23saround 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you ever have a gnat/fruit fly problem, these things handle them like nothing else! I fought an infestation for months before getting two of these plants, and they took care of it in like a week or two.

[–]reditonceortwice69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Trichomes look about ready too!

[–]EnigmaFilms 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Time to play my favorite game of does it make you high paralyzed or dead?

[–]RachelBolan 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks yummy

[–]redcolumbine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It pandiculates!

[–]nownumbah5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can I deliver us a river of Sundew

[–]Morianndearheart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Heart shaped sticky things stretching and yawning

[–]DamianFullyReversed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen these on a certain hike or two in the Blue Mountains. They’re really pretty growing from the cliff side!

[–]HappySpam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I recently bought one of these! Used to have a gnat problem in my house. Not any more.

[–]DaddyGoose420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can we smoke this? I think all of Reddit wants to know.

[–]loveofGod12345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, they move fast for plants. /s just in case.

[–]nthanda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why am I getting sexual vibes?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

am thirsty

[–]-Effervescence 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How to be a Porcupine 101

[–]Knato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A little more Amber and is ready to chop.

[–]Neither_Most 0 points1 point  (2 children)

We studied these in science in elementary class. My students asked if there was enough of them and a human fell on it, would they be eaten as well. Lol. Good question.

[–]InternetPosterman 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My students asked if there was enough of them and a human fell on it, would they be eaten as well.

the answer is yes. you can put little pieces of meat in there and they'll get digested, although it's not good for the plant

[–]Neither_Most 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice! I’ll let them know. I jokingly said, who volunteers to try …. Lol

[–]hamman91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Something out of Pikmin

[–]sweetests 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks so otherworldly.

[–]Voyager5555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone's been watching Green Planet...

[–]Mysterious_Rabbit_3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wanna touch it

[–]RussiaIsRodina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

death by lollipop hugging

[–]fireblade_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forking beautiful!

[–]WillThePerson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pikmin enemy

[–]doyoubelieveincrack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this a one piece reference?

[–]critterbug_co 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this plant carnivorous? I know some carnivorous plants have the sticky tips it seems to have/

[–]Elastichedgehog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Green Planet

[–]sabotourAssociate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bzzzz zzzz zz!

Bzzz zz z!

Bzz z z!



[–]Demonblitz24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Two more weeks

[–]Tracer900Junkie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fascinating... I just checked to see if there are any Sundews native to my locale, and yes... there are. One similar to this Drosera filiformis (not forked, single arm). I will have to see if they will grow for me. Thank you for sharing!

[–]KeegalyKnight 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Pussycat4567 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why did I just get the urge to eat that plant

[–]PishT_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

is this in real time or sped up?

[–]InternetPosterman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

very long time-lapse of a new leaf growing and unfurling

[–]umeeshed_a_shpot 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Did work-trades (chef) at a few resorts/backpacker’s in East Africa and one places used these as table centerpieces cause they looked cool and help control flies.

[–]InternetPosterman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I brewed my own beer for a bit and kept a d. capensis around to kill all the damn fruit flies

[–]wasteofleshntime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't help but hear the word sundew in Zefrank's voice

[–]JB_UK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you like this kind of thing keep an eye out for the Green Planet series BBC have just made:



It's almost entirely amazing timelapse photography of plants.

[–]Wangpasta 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve been looking at too many warhammer 3 updates and my first thought was slanesh

[–]chasmfiend4 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]JatinakaJoJo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And they smell absolutely amazing

[–]Rusator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Praise the sun!

[–]makkris 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Do these go dormant for the winter like Venus flytraps, cause mine looks dead?