Roridula gorgonias

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Roridula gorgonias
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Roridulaceae
Genus: Roridula
Species: R. gorgonias
Binomial name
Roridula gorgonias
Planch. (1848)
  • Roridula brachysepala
    Gdgr. (1913)
    [=R. dentata/R. gorgonias]
  • Roridula crinita
    Gdgr. (1913)

Roridula gorgonias is a protocarnivorous plant native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.[1] Like other species of Roridula, the plant secretes mucilage to trap insects, but does not directly digest them. Instead, it forms a mutualistic relationship with assassin bugs, whereby the assassin bugs eat the trapped insects and the plant gains nutrients from their droppings.


  1. ^ Millington, Andrew; Blumler, Mark; Schickhoff, Udo (2011). The SAGE Handbook of Biogeography. SAGE Publications. pp. 143–. ISBN 978-1-4462-5445-5. Retrieved 2013-08-07. The Cape Floristic Region in South Africa is comparatively rich in endemic flowering-plant families. Five families of angiosperms (Penaeaceae, Roridulaceae, Geissolomataceae, Grubbiaceae, and Lanariaceae) are endemic to that region ...