Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:02:50 -0700 (PDT) From: Barry Meyers-Rice <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Message-Id: <aabcdefg3372$foo@default> Subject: CP growing near salt water
Randy Palmer's note (included below) reminds me of how I've often been
intrigued that CP can grow so close to large bodies of salt water.
_Nepenthes_ can grow just a few meters from the ocean, plants of the
southeastern US can survive inundation by ocean swells, and I've seen
Italian _Pinguicula_ growing just a few meters above the high tide line.
Yet common sense tells us that salt will kill them. Very interesting. I
wonder if CP can live in salt areas as long as there is sufficient
groundwater flow of fresh water to overwhelm the occasional salty
experience? For example, the _Pinguicula_ I mentioned were growing on a
vigorously wet, dripping cliff above the water.
In graduate school, I once watered all the _Nepenthes_ in my office
terraria with bottled water, just to discover my office-mate was using my
water bottles to make brine for his saltwater aquarium. Yes, I watered all
my _Nepenthes_ with the equivalent of seawater! I spent a few hours
flushing the plants, and despite the fact they were sitting in saltwater
for several hours, they survived the ordeal just fine.
>Salt is a natual insectacide, S. leuco, and S. rubra grow across
>the street from salt water, but some plants don't need salt and they will
>grow in other places. A little salt in water keeps bugs from eating the
>roots, they get thirsty and I have yet to see a bug with high blood
>pressure. Wouter, you already said that it killed your slug inside your
>picture plant. Venus grow a mile away from the Alantic Ocean in North
Dr. Barry A. Meyers-Rice
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