When it comes to plants, we tend to think that they exclusively feed on water and nutrients from the soil. Plants that cannot feed from soil easily absorb animal bones and even human flesh stuck in the ground, and garden centers have blood and bone meal fertilizers. But we never think of truly carnivorous plants that actively target small live animals as a source of gas, chemicals, and minerals using one of the following capture mechanisms, or a combination of both:
- Click: quick close around the animal.
- Velcro: A gummy sticky substance that immobilizes prey.
- Trap: A rolled-up leaf with a deadly reservoir of digestive bacteria or enzymes that drowns prey before the plant eats it.
- Bladder: The bladder sucks in prey, creating an internal vacuum.
- Lobster or eel: Hair directed inward forces the prey to move towards the digestive organ.
Growing in thin and thin soil, consisting mainly of wastelands, swamps and marshes, and, as a rule, in temperate or tropical climates, carnivorous plants became deadly to their prey, as they had access to nutrients. These include macronutrients such as protein, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, and trace minerals such as sulfur, calcium, and magnesium.
Successful cultivation of these species requires special care, which are not as easy to care for as you might think, due to their susceptibility to pests such as green flies and spider mites, with poor air circulation and low humidity. On the other hand, they do not need fertilizers, unnatural water sources or insect feeding, but instead they can catch them themselves, especially outside. These ten plants need to eat meat in order to live, and they will shock you with their strange, beautiful appearance, and even more so with their predatory methods of survival.
# 10 Carnivorous Plants: Venus Flytrap, Bear Trap, Mouse Trap, or Human Trap.
The Venus flytrap is by far the most famous of the carnivorous plants. It is also the easiest to obtain as it is inexpensive and small enough to be found in the flower section of your store rather than visiting your local nursery. True to its name, it uses a trap to capture prey – that is, after luring it in with its sweet scent and fluorescent blue glow.
While its most common prey is indeed the fly, it also eats ants, beetles, other insects and arachnids, even frogs. Once it closes, it takes up to 10 days to eat the red juice loot and open the exoskeleton. One caveat: you cannot feed him the same meat that people eat, so if you give him a hamburger, he will rot and die. However, frogs, lizards, and small birds are fine if you want to feed them something more substantial than regular small insect food. Interestingly, the waterwheel plant is similar to the aquatic version of this plant in both genetics and capture mechanisms.
Scientific name: Dionaea muscipula.
Habitat: Tropical wetlands of North Carolina and South Carolina.
# 9 Carnivorous Plants: Monkey Jug or Cup
There are many varieties of pitchers, tropical versions of which are also called monkey goblets, but they all share the same traps: a hybrid combination of a lobster pot and a trap. Their slippery insides and bristles guarantee very rare prey rescue. In addition, most of them contain sugars with an admixture of alkaloids that poison the prey. They also all eat insects – even butterflies, grasshoppers and crickets. Monkey cups can hold a liter of water, and the monkeys drank from them. People who are thirsty can also drink from them.
Scientific name: Mainly childbirth Nepentes, Sarracenia, Heliamphora, as well as Cephalot
Habitat: Sarracenia in the sandy swamps of the southeastern United States (Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia and Alabama); Nepentes in the humid swamps of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo and Madagascar; Cephalot in Australia.
Variety: Nepentes – 150; Sarracenia – from 8 to 11; Heliampliora – 23; Cephalot – one
# 8 Carnivorous plants: Cobra lily or California pitcher.
While the cobra is a kind of pitcher, it doesn’t sound like a monkey cup description or even the obvious shape of a pitcher. Its appearance is markedly different. Instead, he looks like a cobra with a coiled head, ready to strike. Also unlike other pitcher plants, it does not trap rainwater, but instead fills its pitcher with water, which it absorbs from the roots. However, it also eats a variety of insects, from small to large, and uses traps for lobster traps and traps. Its numerous false exits with transparent spots trap its prey, which, when exhausted, perishes and drowns in liquid.
Scientific name: Darlington california
Habitat: swamps in California and Oregon.
# 7 Carnivorous plants: sundew
Another carnivorous plant with several geographic varieties, the sundew uses sticky paper and clicking tentacles as traps to catch and eat insects. Like its name, it looks like there are dewdrops on the ends of the hairs on its leaves that appear in the morning sun. However, these droplets are not water, so thirsty insects get stuck on a small but deadly plant.
Scientific name: Drosera (genus)
Habitat: swamps, swamps and marshes everywhere except Antarctica.
# 6 Carnivorous plants: pemphigus
Pemphigus most obviously uses a bladder trap to capture and eat insects, aquatic worms, water fleas, fish fry, mosquito larvae, and juvenile tadpoles. But how exactly does it work? This aquatic plant pumps water out of the bubbles to create a vacuum. When the prey approaches and touches the bristles on the flexible holes, the bladder opens to absorb the prey along with the water.
Scientific name: Utricularia (genus)
Habitat: Freshwater streams, lakes, flooded areas and moist soil in Europe and Asia.
# 5 Carnivorous plants: Shrovetide or sticky leaf
Bright, orchid-like flowers are at first glance a feature of this plant. However, take a closer look and you will see tiny hairs that secrete a mucus-like substance. The vibrant colors of the flowers, whether white, pink, yellow, or purple, attract prey, sticky paper traps it, and then the leaves secrete digestive juice. It eats crickets, flies, spiders, caterpillars, slugs, midges, collembolans, and fruit flies.
Scientific name: Pinguicula (genus)
Habitat: North America, Central America, South America and Eurasia.
# 4 Carnivorous plants: Brocchinia reduced
This carnivorous bromeliad, a plant belonging to the same family as pineapples, thick-leaved succulents, and Spanish mosses, has no common name. Its trap is a trap, aided by the reflection of ultraviolet light, a sweet odor, and a slippery waxy surface that prevents claws from fixing. Then flies and other insects roll to their death to be digested by enzymes.
Habitat: Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Siberia and North America.
# 3 Carnivorous Plants: Flycatcher, Flycatcher, or Gorgon Dew Stick.
The sticky mechanism is a trap that this plant uses to trap wasps, bees, and other insects. The shiny resin on the tentacles attracts prey only to get stuck.
Scientific name: Roridula Gorgonia
Habitat: Cape Provinces of South Africa.
# 2 Carnivorous plants: corkscrew
This carnivorous plant differs from other carnivorous photosynthetic life forms in that it does not attack insects. Instead, it eats microscopic organisms, including protozoa. And instead of attracting its prey above the ground, it has specialized leaves growing under the soil. It also has aerial leaves that photosynthesize light and is classified as a herb.
Scientific name: Genlisei (genus)
Habitat: semi-aquatic regions of Central and South America, as well as Tanzania, Madagascar and Zambia in Africa.
# 1 Carnivorous plants: dewy pine.
Unlike most other carnivorous plants, dew pine grows in arid areas. The sweet-looking discharge resembles honey to attract prey, while the sticky leaves trap it, and the enzyme digests the insect’s insides, leaving behind a dry shell.
Scientific name: Drosophyllum lusitanicum
Habitat: arid regions of Morocco, Spain and Portugal.
More than 700 species of carnivorous plants break the stereotypes of what we traditionally consider to be plants. We tend to think of plants as completely passive, absorbing nutrients from the soil and generating energy through photosynthesis. But what should a plant do when the soil lacks nutrients, especially nitrogen? Catch and eat protozoa and arthropods, that’s what. Although they are not dangerous to humans, they are fatal to small animals. Carnivorous plants exhibit ingenious adaptations to ensure their survival. They are also suitable for fun and challenging plant maintenance.
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