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The stinking passion flower (Passiflora foetida) is native to wet tropical areas in the West Indies and central South America. (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England)

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

Venus flytrap

Venus flytrap
(Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England)

The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is probably the best known of the more than 600 species of carnivorous plants, which absorb nutrients from prey rather than through their roots. The flytrap grows in the wild only in wet pine savannas of the U.S. Carolinas, a habitat slowly disappearing because of land development. Despite its name, the Venus flytrap catches more ants, beetles and other crawling things than flies.

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