Martynia lutea Lindl.
Martynia montevidensis Cham.
Proboscidea lutea Stapf
Ibicella lutea is a spreading, annual plant growing 30 - 60cm tall and perhaps 1 metre wide. The plant has a strong smell and is covered with a sticky exudation. Insects often become stuck and die, leading people to believe that the plant is insectivorous - it does not produce digestive enzymes, however, and the jury seems to be still out on whether it is a true insectivorous plant.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. It is also cultivated as an ornamental and has been grown for the young fruits in Brazil, as well as in France in the 19th century[
The seeds have sharp, curved horns, which can attach themselves to animals feet and therefore be transported to another site[
]. This can cause serious damage to the feet of some animals.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of subtropical to tropical drier areas, where it is found at elevations from near sea level to over 1,000 metres.
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
The plant has escaped from cultivation in some areas, particularly in drier regions, and become a troublesome weed[
It takes around 20 weeks from seed sowing to the first flowers opening[
The young fruits are pickled or eaten as sweetmeats[
The seeds are emollient, resolvent[
]. They are used as a poultice[
Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in warm water then sow in situ in a warm, sunny position.
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