The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Southern Spain in 2011

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Satellite plants:
But isn't this weird? I saw this happening to many plants, especially those living in particularly wet spots on the wall.

It seems that little plants would emerge from the base of large, established plants. First they would develop an elongated, filamentary shoot. Then after reaching about 3-4 cm long, the shoots broaden into little rosettes.

I do not understand the natural history of this. Are the plantlets emerging from the central plant? Or are they seedlings, germinating under the plant? Presumably they reroot?

Here is a closer view.
And here is another plant exhibiting the same behavior.

By the way, you can see another case of capsule germination (as in the image on the previous page) at the lower left portion of this image.

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Revised: June 2011
©Barry Rice, 2005