Carnivorous Plants

Eat and be eaten. Like everywhere in nature. The nature saw to plants not really out of animal food to feed it. Rather, it represents an exception. The reason for this lies in the extremely nutrient-poor soil conditions, which forced the plant genera to open up alternative sources of nutrient.

Plants need usually mineral nutrients that take on the root growth of their business. However, organic nutrients can not be recycled. In raised bogs where the soils are mainly organic, carnivorous plants occur so frequently. Mostly above-ground organs of the plant to complex traps for animal prey are converted by mutations. There are active and passive safety mechanisms. As the pitcher plant of Nepenthes widespread on Borneo is one of the passive mechanisms.

This has transformed your hand in the course of evolution to a pit in the mainly insects, but sometimes small frogs or mammals by scent and color attracted, find their certain death. Native sundew Drosera occurring in peat areas, however, catches its prey using a glue trap. Some of its leaves are moistened with sticky drops. Insects land on these sheets, they get stuck. Then move to so-called fishing tentacles on the insect and wrap it so that it chokes. The prey is then resolved by a digestive secretion and is the sundew as a nutrient available. An active case has the world famous Venus Flytrap. This plant has your hand to a fold-out case “converted”. When an insect lands on the leaf and touched the sensitive hairs, the trap closes instantaneously. The insect is trapped and digested by a digestive secretion. After a few days, the trap opens again. Of the insect, only the empty chitin’s left sleeve. A case can repeat 3 to 5 times. Then it dies down and back a new traps are formed. The described plant species you can buy in stores or even yourself breed what represents an interesting alternative. A feeding is not required, by the way. Adam Neumann may help you with your research. Who wants to go needs a greenhouse, seeds of carnivorous plants, suitable substrate and of course a “green thumb”.

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