Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants! What are they? Do they eat like a lion? Well, yes, in effect, although they don't stalk and chase their prey. Instead, they entice insects to step inside. These are predatory plants that obtain their nutrition from the bodies of animals and insects. They do capture and kill their prey, such as insects, spiders, invertebrates and even small vertebrates such as mice! These feed the plant.

How do they achieve this? By using specialised leaves that act as traps. The leaves can lure prey with bright colours, scent, guiding hairs and extensions to the leaves. Some leaves are able to close on the creature. Others trap them in 'glue' and some drown their prey. The plant then absorbs the nutrients made available from the corpse.

Carnivorous plants can also thrive without consuming prey but they grow much faster and if they are able to absorb nutrients from the bodies.

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