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Stunning but Deadly Carnivorous Plants

I’m fascinated by carnivorous plants. The idea of a plant relying on protein for survival instead of the typical sun, soil and rain formula that most vegetation abides by makes them seem far more animalistic than typical flora. On the other hand, many of these plants are simply gorgeous, like the Byblis seen above. While most [...]

Tomatoes as Carnivorous Plants

Have you ever wondered why tomatoes, potatoes, and some other plants have hairy stems? Of course not. Neither have I, until I encountered an explanation in the Telegraph yesterday. Botanists have discovered for the first time that the plants are carnivorous predators who kill insects in order to “self-fertilise” themselves. New research shows that they capture [...]