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Sheep Eating Plant

Submitted by on June 21, 2013 – 6:30 AMOne Comment | 1,032 views

Er, what?

In a story from the BBC, but straight out of an episode of the Adam’s Family:

RHS ‘sheep-eating’ plant about to bloom in Surrey

A South American plant with a 10ft (3m) tall flower spike is about to bloom in a Surrey glasshouse for the first time since it was planted 15 years ago.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley said the Puya chilensis, a native of Chile, would bloom in the next few days and last about a week. In the Andes it uses its sharp spines to snare and trap sheep and other animals, which slowly starve to death. The animals then decay at the base of the plant, acting as a fertiliser.

The RHS feeds its specimen on liquid fertiliser.The gardening charity said very few specimens of Puya chilensis were known to have flowered in the UK. The National Botanic Garden of Wales waited 11 years for its plant to bloom, though clumps bloom every April in the open on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.

The plant has bright greeny-yellow flowers on tall spikes above the razor-sharp spines. “I’m really pleased that we’ve finally coaxed our Puya chilensis into flower,” said horticulturalist Cara Smith.

“We keep it well fed with liquid fertiliser as feeding it on its natural diet might prove a bit problematic. “It’s growing in the arid section of our glasshouse with its deadly spines well out of reach of both children and sheep alike.”

Liquid fertiliser eh?

If you happen to be jaunting through the Chilean deserts this busy vacation season give a wide berth to any plants wearing wool sweaters with piles of sheep bones on the ground around them.

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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