Ten Plants That Put Meat on Their Plates
In addition to the well-known Venus flytrap, many other plant species feed on bugs or crustaceans
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, January 08, 2010
(Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England)
Though the Albany pitcher plant (Cephalotus follicularis) was first described in 1806, Charles Darwin missed this plant when the HMS Beagle stopped by southwestern Australia in 1839. The plant can be found in peaty swamps where it lures insects—mostly ants—with its nectar glands into a one- to two-inch tall pitcher filled with digestive fluid.