Plants with Bite

Things to do, Exhibitions The Calyx , Sydney Until Monday July 1 2019 Free
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It’s not all daisies, roses and sunshine at this floral display

Budding horticulturalists who like plants with attitude should head to the Royal Botanical Gardens from October 1 for a free exhibition of carnivorous greenery. The Calyx will be filled with 25,000 of the world’s hungriest, most clever plants.

Watch as the venus fly trap lures unsuspecting insects with nectar and snaps them up in its jaws, where they’ll spend their final days being slowly digested. Or meet the drosera, who use their sticky tentacles to attract and snatch their prey before devouring them. Then marvel at the simplicity of the pitcher plant’s hunting technique, which is to lure hapless bugs with honey and let them fall into the pool of digestive enzymes in their pitfall trap.

The Plants with Bite display does sound a little like a horror film, but it’s really all bark and no bite (for humans, anyway) and families can expect a very kid-friendly experience. Plus, there will be a range of themed education programs, workshops and a regular feeding display that will intrigue little greenthumbs and their grown-ups.

By: Olivia Gee

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Venue name: The Calyx
Contact:
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd
2000
Opening hours: Daily 10am-4pm
Price: Free
Event website: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/stories/2018/a-free-floral-display-of-carnivorous-plants-frea
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