Nepenthes

Nepenthes --  the pitcher plant
Created by Lata on 2010-06-08,

It has been my dream to make a rangoli that represents one of my favorite plants; the Pitcher plant - Nepenthes. There are many variations when it comes to the shape and color of the Pitcher plant. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants. Plants consist of specialized leaves in the shape of a pitcher which contains liquid. The insects get attracted to the pitcher and drown in the liquid. The plant absorbs the contents over a period of few days. The comments tag leads you to a detail page, that has the flies-animation file. There are 8 flies zooming around that get settled (trapped) on the dots that were intentionally left over within the pitcher (2 per pitcher). This is a dotted kolam; 15x1, parallel style. Here is one species of Nepenthes:

http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/m1/EleNZ2/Nepenthes_alata_boschiana1...

The flower is equally interesting both in terms of the petal-shape and color:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/63/16...