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  1. roridulanoun

    either of 2 species of the genus Roridula; South African viscid perennial low-growing woody shrubs


  1. Roridula

    Roridula (; from Latin roridus "dewy") is a genus of evergreen, insect-trapping shrubs, with two species, of about 1⅓–2 m (4–6⅔ ft). It is the only genus in the family Roridulaceae. It has thin, woody, shyly branching, upright, initially brown, later grey stems, with lance- to awl-shaped leaves crowded at their tips. The star-symmetrical flowers consist from the outside in of five, green or reddish, free sepals, alternating with five white, pink or purple, free petals. Further to the middle and opposite the sepals are five stamens with the anthers initially kinked down. These suddenly flip up if the nectar-containing swelling at its base is being touched. The center of the flower is occupied by a superior ovary. The leaves and sepals carry many sticky tentacles of different sizes, that trap insects. Roridula does not break down the insect proteins, but bugs of the genus Pameridea prey on the trapped insects. These later deposit their feces on the leaves, which take up nutrients from the droppings. The species can be found in the Western Cape province of South Africa. They are commonly known as dewstick or fly bush in English and vlieëbos or vlieëbossie in Afrikaans.


  1. roridula

    Roridula is a genus of evergreen, insect-catching shrubs part of the family Roridulaceae. It includes two species, Roridula gorgonias and Roridula dentata, both native to South Africa. While it resembles carnivorous plants and catches insects, it doesn't digest them directly. Instead, it relies on symbiotic bugs to consume the trapped insects and produce waste that the Roridula can absorb as nutrients.


  1. Roridula

    Roridula is a South African genus of plants that, whilst having many of the adaptations of a carnivorous plant, such as the possession of insect-trapping sticky hairs, does not directly digest the animals it traps. Instead, it has a mutualistic relationship with Pameridea roridulae, a species of capsid bug, which lives on the plant and feeds on the trapped insects. The plant obtains nutrients from the droppings of this symbiotic insect. Whether this plant is regarded as carnivorous or protocarnivorous is essentially a matter of semantics. The genus contains just two species, Roridula gorgonias Planch. and Roridula dentata L., and is the only genus in the family Roridulaceae.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roridula in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roridula in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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