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Did you know Some plants eat animals

Source: Kofiko

Sept 26,2021

Most of us knew that it is animals which eat plants but today I am going to show you the other way round. Below are four plants which are carnivorous.

1. Venus flytap

The Venus flytrap is a blooming plant that is most known for its carnivorous diet. Each leaf has two hinged lobes that serve as the "trap." Trichomes are hair-like projections on the inner surfaces of the lobes that induce the lobes to snap shut when prey comes into contact with them. Thigmonasty—a nondirectional plant response to being touched—is the name for this form of movement. The trap will only close if the trichomes are touched many times, preventing the plant from wasting energy if no prey is present. The hinged traps have microscopic bristles on the edges that interlock as the trap closes, preventing the victim from squirming out. Other carnivorous plants can be found in the wild but the Venus flytrap is one of the very few that exhibits motion to actively trap its prey.


2. Drosera capensis

With its movable leaves that wrap up over the victim, this Sundew is one among the easiest to grow of all the Sundews. Pink blooms bloom for a long time above a clump of gleaming green leaves with red gland stalks. When the sun shines on the dew, it's really lovely. Drosera capensis, a South African native, thrives on a sunny windowsill, conservatory, or cool greenhouse. It's great for catching small flies like midges and mosquitoes, as well as small houseflies. In the summer, it is possible to cultivate it outside.


3. California pitcher plant

Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant with pitcher-shaped leaves that attract, capture, and disintegrate insects. Color and nectar attract insects to the slick pitchers. The translucent nature of the leaves confuses the insect after it enters the bulbous top of the pitcher. The bug then has trouble deciding which direction to leave. The bug eventually becomes caught inside the tube and falls down to the bottom of the pitcher, where it is dissolved and absorbed by the plant as nutrients.


4. Nepenthes rafflesiana

The carnivorous tropical pitcher plant Nepenthes rafflesiana is native to Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. Nepenthes pitchers are modified leaves that attract, trap, and digest organisms in order to obtain nutrition. Nepenthes rafflesiana comes in a wide range of pitcher sizes and colors, and there are many different kinds. Pitchers are typically speckled or strongly splotched in reds or purples and range in hue from green to purple. Pitchers are produced in two different districts by each plant. N. rafflesiana's lower pitchers are large, squat, and winged, whereas the upper pitchers are narrow and funnel-shaped.


The species is named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), a British nobleman best known for establishing the British East India Company.


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