Cuphea

Cuphea carthagenensis

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We previously suspected this plant to be a Stylidium, while we noted the lack of a pollen hammer, but it turned out to be Cuphea carthagenensis the Colombian waxweed. It shares a lot of similarities to Stylidium and might be even more deadly to insects as it can easily kill Ants, due to a stronger glue (resin similar to Roridula). However, this plant might just kill for self defense and not for consumption. Plants are easy to be cultivated, normal garden soil will do - for us in fact they grow best if they are on the ground - not it a pot. Once established they might disappear during dry season and reappear in the rainy season. This plant is actually not so rare in the Philippines, so make sure to check your garden first :)

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Cuphea carthagenensis

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