Brocchinia is a genus of bromeliads with about 20 known species. At least two species are probably carnivorous: Brocchinia hechtioides and Brocchinia reducta.
Another species, Brocchinia tatei, which can reach enormous dimensions (about 1.5m in diameter) may be carnivorous.
Blooming Brocchinia reducta in captivity.
Brocchinia hechtioides, Brocchinia reducta, and Brocchinia tatei are restricted to South America, on and near the tepuis of the Guiana highlands. Essentially, we're talking about Heliamphora territory, at the intersections of Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana.
How are Brocchinia carnivorous? In nature (and not in cultivation), the leaves form a tightly bound, erect column that looks like an organ pipe. And just like an organ pipe the center of the column is hollow. Unlike an organ pipe, it is filled with water and the decaying remains of insects that fell into the tube. Here, apparently, we have a simple pitfall pitcher plant.
The genus name Brocchinia honors the Italian botanist Giovanni Battista Brocchi (1772-1826). As far as I know, there are no "common names" for Brocchinia. So to sate those silly people who insist on using only common names, I present to you a name of my own coining: the nicky dicky plant. It is about as useful as most common names, in my opinion.
Read more about Brocchinia at the ICPS sarracenia.com FAQ
-- Barry Rice
Brocchinia information in the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter:
Butschi, Lorenz. Translation by Dorothea Huber and Klaus Ammann (1989) Carnivorous plants of Auyantepui in Venezuela. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 18(1):15-18 (
Butschi, Lorenz. Translation by Dorothea Huber and Klaus Ammann (1989) Carnivorous plants of Auyantepui in Venezuela. Part 2. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 18(2):47-51 (
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