EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSECTIVOROUS PLANTS


INSECTIVOROUS PLANTS

Insectivore plants are carnivorous plants that feed on insects. What’s unique about insectivorous plants is that they are plants that digest insects to gain nutrients that they can’t get from their soil. Carnivorous plants evolved to attract, trap and digest insects because of the area they evolved in. The benefit they derive from their catch varies considerably; in some species it might include a small part of their nutrient intake and in others it might be an indispensable source of nutrients. There are approximately 600 types of insectivorous plants found all over the world.

So here are some interesting facts you should know about them-

Venus flytraps fascinated Charles Darwin. In his 1875 book, Insectivorous Plants, he described the Venus flytrap as “one of the most wonderful plants in the world.’ Darwin loved these plants!

Most of the 600 carnivorous plant species can be divided into five categories: pitcher plants, sundews, butterwort, bladderworts, and Venus flytraps.

Venus flytrap can suffer from indigestion.

Many carnivorous plant species are at risk. Threats include habitat loss, pollution, and poaching. Yes, you read that right. Just like rhinos and elephants, plants are at risk from poachers who sell them to collectors.

Meat-eating plants don’t just woo animals for food. They also need to attract insects that’ll spread their pollen. That’s why many of them have colorful flowers. To make sure that the pollinators don’t actually become dinner, the plants often hold their blooms high above the leaves and well away from the traps.

They might be near you! Some carnivorous plants even live near large urban centers if they can find the right piece of habitat. This means that you may be able to see some in the wild near you.

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