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Weird, carnivorous plants

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Carnivorous plant

Most people are probably aware that some plants are carnivorous (insectivorous), but many probably don’t know much other than the venus fly trap.  In fact, there are quite a few varieties of insect-hungry plants.  In fact, there are more than 660 species of known carnivorous plants. The plant pictured here captures its prey by luring it on to extremely sticky tendrils then folding in on it.

In the other plant pictured below, an insect is lured into the ‘pitchers’ formed by the leaves.  At the bottom is a liquid which the insect will get stuck in, drown, and then dissolved by the plants enzymes.  Strangely enough, some carnivorous plants have even managed to ‘eat’ large centipedes, rats, or birds!  Usually this is because the animal was already sick and died near the plant.  Much more information and beautiful photos can be found at the source: scienceray.

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Carnivorous plant

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October 25th, 2008

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