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Carnivorous plants that eat other living things to live
Today we would see the "Carnivorous plants" that eat other living things to live, Millions of years ago few plants went through a remarkable adaptation to survive in poor nutrients places too, these plants do have the ability of photosynthesis that it, Photosynthesis is a process used by plants to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the activities of the organism. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules, such as sugars, which are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water. so, in short, they make their own food in presence of sunlight.
But these photosynthetic plants live in nutrition poor environments which are often lacking insufficient of nitrogen and so they evolved the capacity to supplement their diets by tapping and eating animal flesh, so plants were unable to get nutrients needed by them so they adapted themselves to complete their nutrients requirements by eating flesh or other living things.
These killer plants really look too beautiful and it's their need to look beautiful to attract its food that is small insects frogs and other small animals so as to fulfill their needs. The list of these kinds of plants is really high whereas today we would look only a few famous Carnivorous plants, so let's check these killer plants who appears to be too attractive.
Venus Flytraps Venus Flytraps is a carnivorous plant inherent to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina. It catches its prey mainly insects and arachnids with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces.When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap equips to close, closing shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike. Triggers may occur if one-tenth of the insect is within contact. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a defense against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption.

Venus Flytraps

Drosera, usually known as the sundews, is one of the biggest species of carnivorous plants, with at least 194 species. These members of the family Droseraceae lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked gummy organs covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which the plants grow. Various species, which vary greatly in size and form, are native to every continent except Antarctica.

Heliamphora There are 23 species of "Heliamphora" generally that consist of a transformed leaf form that is combined into a tubular shape. They have evolved mechanisms to attract, trap, and kill insects and control the amount of water in the pitcher. one of its species produces its own proteolytic enzymes that allow it to digest its prey without the help of symbiotic bacteria.

Nepenthes Nepenthes species normally consist of a shallow root system and a flat or climbing stem, usually several meters long and up to 15 m (49 ft) or more, and usually 1 cm (0.4 in) or less in diameter, although this may be thicker in a few species. The trap contains a fluid of the plant's own production, which may be watery or syrupy, and is used to drown the prey. Research has shown this fluid contains viscoelastic biopolymers that may be crucial to the retention of insects within the traps of many species. The viscoelastic fluid in pitchers is especially effective in the retention of flying insects.

Pinguicula Pinguicula, generally known as the butterworts, is a species of carnivorous plants that use sticky, glandular leaves to lure, trap, and digest insects in order to supplement the poor mineral nutrition they obtain from the environment. there are roughly 80 currently known species, 12 are native to Europe, 9 to North America, and some to northern Asia. The largest number of species is in South and Central America.

This plant attracts its insect prey with secretions from extrafloral nectaries on the lip of the pitcher leaves, as well as a combination of the leaves color and fragrance. Wet and Slippery  footing at the pitcher's rim, causes insects to fall inside, where they die and are digested by the plant with proteases and other enzymes.

There are thousands of more species of these beautiful but carnivorous plants which eat other living animals to fulfill their needs, thanks for reading this article and for more such article keep following our page.

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