CARNIVOROUS PLANTS ARE ABLE TO SURVIVE IN NUTRIENT POOR ENVIRONMENTS BY SUPPLEMENTING
THE NUTRIENTS ABSORBED FROM THE SOIL WITH INSECTS TRAPPED AND KILLED BY THE PLANT.
|PICTURES FROM SOUTH CAROLINA - CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
The dew-like droplets on the leaves of this plant are actually a sticky liquid secreted by the plant. The Sundew
plant is a carnivorous plant found in bogs and marshy areas where soils are low in nitrogen. Insects are caught in
the sticky droplets on the leaves, which then slowly roll up around the captured prey. The insects are then
digested and absorbed to provide nutrients to the plant.
The Pitcher Plant is another carnivorous plant. A sweet nectar attracts small insects to the pitcher shaped leaves. A
waxy coating on the inside of the "pitcher" make the sides slippery, so insects attracted to the nectar slip and fall into
the pitcher. At the bottom of the pitcher is a liquid which drowns the insects that fall in. Enzymes secreted by the
pitcher plant digest the insects, and the nutrients released by digestion are absorbed by the plant.