Carnivorous Plants: Freaks Of Nature
Nature surprises us at every step of the way. It’s just as beautiful as it is satisfying. Well all know that out in the wild; it’s survival of the fittest. Animals and plants over the years have adapted to survive. And survive they do.
Carnivorous plants are such creatures. Truly fascinating and terrifying, these plants are the devil and yet, beautiful.
Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. Carnivorous plants have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcroppings. Charles Darwin wrote Insectivorous Plants, the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants, in 1875.
Here is a list of top 4 carnivorous plants to have at your home:
Pitcher Plant is a mysterious beauty. This plant vaguely resembles a pitcher which acts as the deadly pitfall trap. This deep cavity is filled with liquid. The insects and bugs instantly get attracted to the cavity formed by the pitcher leaves and get trap.
The nectar at the rim is slippery enough for the insects to fall into the trap. The plant obtains its mineral nutrition from these insects.
Dionaea Muscipula is probably the most famous insect-eating plant. This plant has 4-5 leaves which grow from a short stem. It catches it’s praying with a trapping section formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves which get activated by the tiny hairs on its inner surface.
Attracted by the sweet smell of this plant, an insect or spider just crawls into its death trap, with the leaves just snapping shut within a fraction of a second. The bug just gets dissolved into a digestible liquid.
Drosera aliciae, the Alice sundew, is a carnivorous plant in the family Droseraceae. It is probably the one is the easiest to grow. More the sun, redder it gets in color. Its wedge-shaped leaves serve as the insect trap attracting its prey with its sweet smell and deep color.
Flowers grow 30 cm away from its leaves so that the pollination process is not impacted. Nature just takes care of everything! Doesn’t it?
Not as sweet as it sounds, Butterworts just lure, trap and digest the insects to grab its share of nutrition. Fatal attraction drives these insects to these plants. Once the insects land on its leaves, they will never be able to extract themselves.
These insects then melt into the same substance thereby giving the plants their nutrition.