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valentines flower. pinguicula moransis.

pinguicula moransis, otherwise known as a "butterwart". these are tiny plants that live in bogs around mexico and guatemala. they're about the size of a quarter, and their flowers are half the size of a thimble. they're also a carnivorous plant!

they're leaves and stalks are covered with small sticky hairs, with small droplets of sugar to attract small insects. they're a beautiful and practical plant. there are several of other species with bell shaped flowers, but these are my favorite.

what's your valentines flower?

(PS. happy valentines annie!)

photos from answers.com. learn more about pinguicula moranesis at http://www.answers.com/topic/pinguicula-moranensis

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