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Many centuries have passed since the birth of the earth, and in this cycle of year-old development, many extraordinary creatures have taken the reign of a rule here.
Whatever be the time and place, but the rule has always been the same, the one who is big and powerful will eat others. But in the meantime, there is also a gift of nature that has always done public welfare or has filled everyone’s stomach, or in the form of oxygen and a big herb. It has always helped people in some or other ways.
Yes, here we are talking about trees and plants.
But this is not always true. Today we are going to see some plants which are carnivorous. Some of there eat small lizards and also swallow big insects. Is there any plant that can eat humans as well?
Here are the world’s most interesting carnivorous plants or we can say some insectivorous plants!
#1: Cobra lily (Darlingtonia California)
Cobra is one of the dangerous species of snake. Cobra Lilly Generally found in California and Oregon in the United States. This plant has hooded leaves that resemble fangs or snake tongues that is why it is named the cobra Lilly the carnivorous plants.
When the insect is attracted and trapped inside the plant using nectar glands, it gets confused with a colorless, translucent patch of leaves, as it resembles windows. The thick leaf walls and downward hair prevent the prey from escaping.
#2: Dewy pine (Drosophyllum lusitanicum)
The Dewy Pine is found in the Mediterranean regions of Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
The plant releases a sweet aroma to attract prey and captures lifeless creatures using its gum leaves.
#3: Common butterwort (Pinguicula Vulgaris)
Butterwort plant is largely found in the Northern Hemisphere, extending from Siberia to North America as well as Central and South America.
Butterwort attracts insects using a viscous fluid that is secreted by its glandular leaves. Once the insect is trapped, the leaves slowly curl around it and sticky hairs on the leaf surface secrete enzymes to digest the insects and absorb essential nutrients.
#4: Brocchinia Reducta
Brocchinia Reducta is mostly found in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Guyana.
The plant has a watery, tall, tubular spray of light green leaves which it uses to catch its prey. Since it does not produce digestive enzymes like other carnivorous plants, it depends on bacteria for digestion of insects.
#5: Venus flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula)
The Venus Flytrap is a small flowering plant whose “net” is made up of nearly circular lobes at the end of each leaf. This plant is majorly found in North America and South Carolina.
These snaps close when its small sensory hair is stimulated by bugs. The glands on the leaf surface of these carnivorous plants then secrete a reddish layer which takes about 10 days to digest the insect.
#6: Bladderwort (Utricularia Macrorhiza)
Bladderworts are mostly found in Northern Hemisphere. Bladderworts have small air-filled bladder aquatic plants that trap small organisms, such as insects and their larvae, aquatic insects and water fleas for additional nutrients.
There are about 200 different species of this plant worldwide.
#7: Monkey cup (Nepenthes)
Monkey Cup is mostly found in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar, Australia, India, Borneo and Sumatra.
Monkey cups use pit nets to catch pests. It has a lid curves over the cup of the vase the size of the plant. Also known as tropical pitcher plants or carnivorous plants, they usually attract small insects with color, aroma and sweet nectar.
Some larger species, such as Rafflesia, are also known to trap small vertebrates like mice.
#8: Waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda Vesiculosa)
The waterwheel plant is found in parts of Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe and it has been labeled “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The free-floating aquatic plant uses a snap-trap mechanism to capture small aquatic animals. It has two lobes that surround the prey as it approaches.
#9: Roundleaf sundew (Drosera Rotundifolia)
Roundleaf sundew is mostly found in North America and some parts of Europe.
These small wildflower carnivorous plants have glandular hair-covered round leaves with a shiny, sticky secretion, which helps attract and trap small insects…
#10: Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava)
The plant derives its name from its carnivorous net, which usually looks like a trumpet, pitcher or urn. The yellow pitcher plant uses a nectar-like secretion in its trumpet-shaped leaves to lure insects, causing them to sink into the trap.
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