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    Deadly Carnivorous Plants

    by Administrator 11. October 2013 11:45

    #1 - The Infamous Venus Flytrap

    If you asked someone for an example of a carnivorous plant, they'd probably say "Venus Flytrap." That's because the way the flytrap works is just cool - it can fold its flaps inward to actually catch its prey, which is then used for nutrition (but not for its energy. That's what photosynthesis is for.) Its diet might include flies, but flies aren't the #1 type of insect it eats. The flytrap feeds very selectively, actually choosing to eat more ants and certain spiders over anything else. It also eats grasshoppers and beetles on occasion. Less than 5% of its feed consists of flying insects. I suppose whomever gave this plant its common name should have done more research!

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    #2 - The "Pitfall Plant," Nepenthes

    This plant has many different types - over 130 different species of it have been discovered, in fact, spread throughout all of Asia. It has many nicknames - from the pitfall plant, the pitcher plant and "monkey cups." People call it monkey cups because monkeys have been seen drinking water from them. Most of the species of nepenthes tend to only trap insects, but the bigger types will even catch and digest small mammals such as mice.

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    The Sundew Plants (Drosera spatulata)

    Another type of carnivorous plant many people know about (because of its usefulness) is the drosera sundew plants, with over 194 species. Many are known for trapping and digesting fruit flies with their glands. The insects supplement their diet, and they are needed to release minerals into the dirt in which they grow in. 

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    The Pinguicula gigantea

    This simple-looking (but pretty) genus of plants would look a lot prettier if it didn't have bugs swarming all over it! Gnats are caught by this type of plant en masse due to its sticky leaves.



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