Carnivorous plant


A pitcher plant in flower
growing on a road cut in Palau

A carnivorous plant is a plant that derives some or most of its nutrients (but not energy) by trapping and consuming animals, especially insects. Carnivorous plants usually grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcropings.

Types of carnivorous plants:

  • Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
  • Pitcher plants (Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Cephalotus)
  • Sundews (Drosera)
  • Butterworts (Pinguicula)
  • Bladderworts (Utricularia)
  • Genlisea (Corkscrew Plant)
  • Drosophyllum (Portuguese Dewy Pine)
  • Aldrovanda (Waterwheel Plant)
  • Brocchinia reducta (an epiphytic bromeliad)
  • Polypompholyx (Fairy Aprons)
  • Triphyophyllum (a tropical liana)

Charles Darwin wrote the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants in 1875.

Carnivorous plants in fiction

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