Carnivorous Plants

Fatal Attraction

They lure insects into death traps, then gorge on their flesh. Is that any way for a plant to behave?

Carnivorous plant

Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. Carnivorous plants appear adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcroppings. Charles Darwin wrote the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants in 1875.

Trapping mechanisms

Five basic trapping mechanisms are found in carnivorous plants.
  1. Pitfall traps (pitcher plants) trap prey in a rolled leaf that contains a pool of digestive enzymes or bacteria.
  2. Flypaper traps use a sticky mucilage.
  3. Snap traps utilize rapid leaf movements.
  4. Bladder traps suck in prey with a bladder that generates an internal vacuum.
  5. Lobster-pot traps force prey to move towards a digestive organ with inward-pointing hairs.
The primitive pitchers of Heliamphora chimantensis are an example of pitfall traps.

The snap traps of Dionaea muscipula close rapidly when triggered to trap prey between two lobes.

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