What is stylidium?

Stylidium

Stylidium (also known as triggerplants or trigger plants) is a genus of dicotyledonous plants that belong to the family Stylidiaceae. The genus name Stylidium is derived from the Greek στύλος or stylos (column or pillar), which refers to the distinctive reproductive structure that its flowers possess. Pollination is achieved through the use of the sensitive "trigger", which comprises the male and female reproductive organs fused into a floral column that snaps forward quickly in response to touch, harmlessly covering the insect in pollen. Most of the approximately 300 species are only found in Australia, making it the fifth largest genus in that country. Triggerplants are considered to be protocarnivorous or carnivorous because the glandular trichomes that cover the scape and flower can trap, kill, and digest small insects with protease enzymes produced by the plant.

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Some articles on stylidium:

Stylidium Paniculatum
... Stylidium paniculatum is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the genus Stylidium (family Stylidiaceae) ...
Stylidium Eriorhizum
... Stylidium eriorhizum is a species that belongs to the genus Stylidium (family Stylidiaceae) ...
Stylidium - Cultivation
... Most Stylidium species tend to be hardy species and can be easily cultivated in greenhouses or gardens ... Stylidium specimens should be grown in a medium that is kept moist and has a relatively low concentration of nutrients ...
Levenhookia
... that performs a similar function to the column of Stylidium species ... glandular trichomes similar to those of its sister genus, Stylidium ... it is plausible that they are carnivorous plants like the related Stylidium species ...
Stylidium Spathulatum
... Stylidium spathulatum is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the genus Stylidium (family Stylidiaceae) ...