This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, head-shaped, in reference to the knob-like swelling behind each anther). Ceph-alotdcese, a monotypic family near Saxifragdcese. The one species C. follicularis, Labill. (Fig. 875), is abundant at King George's Sound and Swan River in S. W. Austral. From there it has frequently been introduced into cultivation, and is now met with in American collections. The short creeping rhizomes form 2 sets of leaves each season: a set of 4-6 flat spatulate leaves, and later as many dainty pitchered leaves that are richly colored green, crimson or purple, and white. The pitchers are 1/2-1 1/2 in. long, are covered externally with minute alluring glands, and these with the coloring attract insects. They slip from the smooth-ribbed rim into the cavity, and there are digested by ferment liquids poured out by special glands. The erect scape bears an interrupted spike of small white apeta-lous flowers, each with a 6-parted calyx, 12 stamens, and 6 separate 1-seeded carpels. The plant grows best under a bell-jar, and in a pot amongst fine sandy loam that is covered by sphagnum moss. The lower part of the pot should stand in a vessel with about 1/2in. of water, and the whole should be placed in a cool greenhouse near the light, when the pitchers assume richest colorings.
Prop, is easily effected by separation of small pieces of rhizome that bear 1 or 2 leaves, also by seeds that mature not unfrequently under cultivation R. B.23, p. 233. I.H. 27:391. F.S. 3:290. G. 23:340. G. W.8:390. J.H. III. 35:260. J. M. Macfarlane.
Fig. 875. Cephalotus follicularis.