This plant grows in Australia. It belongs to the category of predators, as it feeds on insects. At the same time, the biblis flowers are so beautiful that they are grown as a decorative culture.
Where does the bible grow?
The historical habitat of this plant is located entirely on the Australian mainland. It received the greatest distribution in western Australia, in the vicinity of Perth. This area has a large number of sunny days per year. Here, the sun almost always shines, and extremely rarely are minus air temperatures.
The best-known giant biblis grows on acidic, well-moistened soils. Most often, it is found on the banks of rivers, swamps and wet sands. A separate “habitat” is a sandy valley between two rivers - the Moore River and Eneabba. Also, the plant "loves" the place of former forest fires. Moreover, as the restoration of other vegetation, the biblis disappears from such territories.
This is a perennial species that can grow to a height of 0.5 meters. As it grows, the rhizome becomes woody and begins to resemble the roots of a tree or the trunks of a shrub. Biblis blooms, like many other plants, in spring. Its flowers are small in size and resemble violets in shape. Even the color matches - light purple or pinkish red.
The leaves are thin and very long. Their main feature is the presence of many thin hairs that cover the leaf completely. Researchers counted about 300,000 hairs on one medium-sized sheet. In addition to them, there are also small glands (glands) that can produce digestive enzymes. Together, these two types of non-standard elements form an apparatus for catching and digesting insects.
How does the bible eat
As mentioned above, this plant is predatory. Its food is not only light insects, but also quite serious animals. Snails, frogs and even small birds become victims!
The capture of a living creature is carried out using a substance secreted by the hairs on the leaves. It is very sticky and, on contact, tearing off the surface of the sheet is extremely difficult. As soon as the biblis feels that the prey is stuck, pieces of iron come into play. The enzymes produced first immobilize the victim, and then digest it very slowly. The process is so unhurried that when observed even after a few days, significant changes are not noticeable.
Despite such a tough method of obtaining nutrients, the biblis is actively collected and bred all over the world. This is due to the beauty of its flowers. It may well decorate the garden or infield.