Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

August 20, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan
Typically plants fall at the bottom of the food chain, eaten by almost all other creatures. The exceptions to the rule are the carnivorous plants, displaying a role reversal from prey to predator. These plants have developed evolutionary mechanisms to trap insects and digest them in order to...Learn more
Nepenthes spp . . . Tropical Pitcher Plants

Nepenthes spp . . . Tropical Pitcher Plants

February 18, 2009 | Joe Tomocik
There are seventy species of tropical pitcher plants, first described in Madagascar in the 17th century. Insects and animal life are captured and digested when falling into sweet smelling nectar at the base of the modified leaf extensions…pitchers. Fantasy-stories speak of man-eating pitcher plants...Learn more