These little carnivorous plants (Venus fly traps) have sensitive hairs inside each lobe, when an unsuspecting insect comes in contact with more than one of these hairs within a 30 second window they snap shut! #uconn #greenhouse #venusflytraps #carnivorousplants
As we get back to regular operation after yesterdays snow day, we
present a collection of photos taken by students in our EEB 2244 General
Ecology class as part of an exercise on leaf ecology. These were for
an in-class photo contest and were not necessarily ‘leaf’ specific.
PS – Don’t forget, Dr. Terry Webster will present
another installment in his Greenhouse Friday informal tour series this
coming Friday at 12:15pm. Stop on by…
Happy Friday everyone, sorry its been so quite here in TumblrLand. New semester starting up so busy, busy, busy…
The Charming Mediocalcar, a charming little orchid from the cloud
forests of New Guinea blooming for the first time here at UConn.
(admittedly, we only acquired this species in July).
Two specimens now blooming in the Orchid Room, stop on by!!
Dr. Louise Lewis, one of our resident phycologists (algae experts)
just sent me this image of a fairly rare Glaucophyte found growing in
with some of our greenhouse aquatics. While we don’t keep an inventory
of micro-organisms found in the greenhouse, its pretty cool to know
Only 13 species of glaucophytes are currently
known, this one being from the genus Glaucocystis. Glaucophytes differ
from more commonly found red and green alga in a number of ways and you
can check Wikipedia for a bit more info in laymans terms.
Beginning this Saturday, November 7th, the Ecology
& Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses will be open to the public on
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
Yes… we’ve listened to all of you
who have to work a regular 9-5 job and can’t visit during normal UConn
business hours and will now be open on Saturday’s year-round so you can
come enjoy our wonderful collection of exotic plants with family and
We are working on some
weekend specific programming in the months to come including periodic
plant giveaways, informal talks & tours and more. Stay tuned…
*** Special Holiday Bonus – many of you have friends and family
visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday and you may not be inclined to
face the Black Friday crowds or watch College Football so the
greenhouses will be open both Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving
from 10am-2pm. Stop on down…
Please help us spread the word
about our new extended weekend hours of operation by sharing this post
with your plant minded friends. Thanks!!
Billbergia lietzei, a nice little tank bromeliad from Brazil is blooming
today in the Neotropics. A fairly recent acquistion, this is the first
bloom for us here at UConn.