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Plants With Bite Exhibition

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
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Carnivorous Plants in the Calyx
Step into a whimsical world with sinister plants. Between October and July next year, the Calyx at Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens is being taken over by 25,000 clever, carnivorous plants. Learn how different species extract nutrients from live critters while immersing yourself in a creative display curated by horticulturalists. There are no other plants quite like these.

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Venus fly trap


Find the Calyx along the Mrs Macquaries Road border of the gardens. You'll know you've found it when you spy the beautiful circular architecture, and giant venus fly traps. If these were real, I may just run the other way. The greenhouse is home to the largest indoor green wall in the Southern Hemisphere so be sure to enjoy this lush, well cared for display while you're there.

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Largest indoor green wall in the Southern Hemisphere


Through the entry, past the kiosk, you'll be greeted by friendly hosts of this prided exhibit. Entry is free for all, however, a donation is encouraged to support the care of these unique plants with oddly specific needs...

In contrast to the rest of the plant population that get everything they need from the sun and soil, these plants with bite have adapted in such a way they're able to suck vital nutrients out of live critters, from tiny flies to fat frogs depending on the species. It's quite the evolutionary feat.

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Pitcher plants


Here are some of the species you'll find at Plants With Bite...

1. Venus Fly Trap



Have two leave folds that literally snap together when movement is detected. Watch out for those teeth.

2. Pitcher Plant



Prey fall into what may feel to them like a bottomless pit, where they're trapped and digested by stomach-like acids.

3. Lobster-Pot Plant



Lure prey into a chamber, just like a lobster-pot.

To learn more, you can download the 'Plants With Bite' app created specifically for this exhibition that takes you on a guided audio tour. It's wonderful to see how much effort has gone into the care of these carnivorous plants, as well as teaching Sydney all about them in an immersive way.

Other features of the exhibition include...
1. Educational videos - sit down with a coffee and enjoy a screening full of fun facts about these plants
2. Creative gifts - take home a beautiful glass Lobster Pot or Pitcher Plant
3. Feeding times - where you will be given your own venus fly trap to feed with bugs.
4. Evening events - keep an eye out for twilight sessions where coloured lights create a spooky vibe, such as the upcoming Halloween special, and a swing music night.

So head on down to the Botanical Gardens to check out this enticing exhibition for yourself. No need to rush. You have until Until July 1st 2019 to find a time that suits.
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Why? No other plants have bite quite like this
When: October 2018 - July 1 2019; daily between 10am-4pm (excluding evening events)
Phone: (02) 9231 8111
Where: The Calyx, Royal Botanical Gardens
Cost: Free (donation encouraged)
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