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    I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.

    penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
    Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.

    Philcoxia minensis (Plantaginaceæ) is a very peculiar plant indeed. Last year, Pereira et al. published a paper in PNAS which revealed that this species, which grows in the Brazilian cerrado, uses underground leaves to capture and consume nematode worms! The tiny invertebrates get trapped on the sticky surfaces of the leaves, and are slowly digested and absorbed by the plant. The SEM picture that I’ve included here shows a sand grain and nematodes adhering to an excavated subterranean leaf of P. minensis.

    11 months ago

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