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> Family: Roridulaceae
Two species, endemic to the Western Cape. Have a mutualistic
association with mirid bugs in the genus Pameridea whereby the bugs feed
on insects caught on the mucilage-tipped trichomes of the plant and the plant
absorbs nutrients from the faeces produced by the bug. Hairs on the tarsi of the
bugs enable them to move on the plant without being caught by the sticky
Species native to southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
Both species of bugs (Pameridea marlothi and Pameridea roridulae)
occur on this species.
Only Pameridea roridulae is found on this species.
- Anderson, B. 2005. Adaptations to foliar absorption of faeces: A pathway
to plant carnivory. Ann. Bot. 95: 757-761.
- Ellis, E. G., & Midgley, J. J. 1996. A new plant-animal mutualism
involving a plant with sticky leaves and a resident hemipteran insect.
Oecologia 106: 478-481.