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 king sundew (Drosera regia) grows only in one valley in South Africa, members of the Drosera genus can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Charles Darwin devoted much of his book Insectivorous Plants to the sundews. Sticky mucilage on Drosera plants traps prey—usually an insect attracted to light reflecting off drops of dew or to the plant’s reddish tentacles—and eventually suffocates it. Digestive enzymes then break down the plant’s meal.