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

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)

Albany pitcher plant

Albany pitcher plant
(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.


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