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)
This tropical pitcher plant grows in the highlands of Sulawesi in Indonesia. There are at least 120 members of the Nepenthes genus growing throughout Southeast Asia, in parts of Australia and as far away as Madagascar. They mostly consume small insects and other arthropods but larger plants, such as N. rajah, have been found digesting rats.