Carnivorous plants are fascinating members of the plant kingdom which get nutrients by trapping and dissolving their prey. There are more than 600 recognized species of carnivorous plants which employ various kinds of traps, to capture preys including insects and small vertebrates. We are sure that you will be amazed at our 10 most amazing carnivorous plants in the world.
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We suggest that you watch the video for a more informative and entertaining experience, but a list of the 10 is below:
10. Brocchinia Reducta
➢The plant effectively uses what is known as a ‘pitfall trap’ in order to tempt and trap its prey.
9. Aldrovanda Vesiculosa
➢Commonly known as the Waterwheel plant, Aldrovanda vesiculosa, is an under-water fly trap that feeds on small aquatic invertebrates.
➢The pitcher contains fluid with digestive enzymes which drowns the insect and starts digestion.
➢Heliamphora is a genus that consists of about 23 species of carnivorous plants that use pitfall traps to attract and kill mainly ants but also flying insects.
➢The trapping mechanism is aided by two glands found on the leaves.
➢Utricularia employs bladder-like traps to capture prey such as mosquitos, protozoa, larvae and fish fry.
➢Native to Australia, Byblis. Also known as Rainbow plants, are small plants with a passive trapping mechanism.
➢The trap includes a pitcher formed at the tip of tendrils on the leaves. It contains a fluid, which is slippery, that drowns the prey.
2. Darlingtonia Californica
➢The Darlingtonia Californica is mainly found in Northern California and uses pitcher traps to capture prey.
1. Venus Flytrap
➢The Venus Flytrap, also known as Dionaea muscipula in the scientific world, is perhaps the most famous of all carnivorous plants.