TT Epaper
The Telegraph
TT Photogallery
 
IN TODAY'S PAPER
WEEKLY FEATURES
CITIES AND REGIONS
ARCHIVES
Since 1st March, 1999
 
THE TELEGRAPH
 
 
CIMA Gallary
Email This Page
Cub Club
Pretty fly trap
Pic : Manoj C. Sindagi

Plants of the genus Ceropegia are mostly climbers. The genus derives its name from keros meaning wax and pege or fountain.

The plants are more commonly called lantern flowers, parasol flowers and parachute flowers. Most members have tubular flowers that are specially adapted to capture insects.

The petals are fused at the tips to form a tubular, umbrella-like canopy. The tubes are lined with small hairs that point downward to form a trap to capture small insects such as flies. The strong odour of the flowers attracts flies that are then captured and prevented from escaping until the hairs wither. When the flies finally escape, they carry with them the pollen on their bodies, helping the plant reproduce.

Top
Email This Page