What is a carnivorous plant?

plant - plants
@sahyd2don (2950)
India
January 14, 2007 10:00am CST
have you seen any?Where are they found?
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@baietzika (588)
• Romania
14 Jan 07
i have never seen one but i would like to. in australia i belive they grow
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@troopy (169)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
Hi, im from Australia, havent heard of having any home grown carniverous plants, but I will ask my nursery next time im there and let u know.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
My friend used to have a Venus Flytrap which is a carnivourus plant. I believe she would feed it raw ground beef. I've personally never owned a plant like that. Here is a link with a lot of info for you on this subject. http://www.botany.org/bsa/misc/carn.html Cheers!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Carnivorous plants have the most bizarre adaptations to low-nutrient environments. These plants obtain some nutrients by trapping and digesting various invertebrates, and occasionally even small frogs and mammals. Because insects are one of the most common prey items for most carnivorous plants, they are sometimes called insectivorous plants. It is not surprising that the most common habitat for these plants is in bogs, where nutrient concentrations are low but water and sunshine seasonally abundant. As many as thirteen species of carnivorous plants have been found in a single bog. Most plants absorb nitrogen from the soil through their roots. But carnivorous plants absorb nitrogen from their animal prey through their leaves specially modified as traps. Traps work in a variety of ways. Pitfall traps of pitcher plants are leaves folded into deep, slippery pools filled with digestive enzymes. Flypaper (or sticky or adhesive traps) of sundews and butterworts are leaves covered in stalked glands that exude sticky mucilage. Snap traps (or steel traps) of the Venus flytrap and waterwheel plant are hinged leaves that snap shut when trigger hairs are touched. Suction traps, unique to bladderworts, are highly modified leaves in the shape of a bladder with a hinged door lined with trigger hairs. Lobster-pot traps of corkscrew plants are twisted tubular channels lined with hairs and glands. I am fascinated by them, I would love to have them all. I have a venus fly trap and a pitcher plant.
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@gagana (758)
• India
14 Jan 07
insectivorous plant like nepenthes They are found in assam
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Venus Fly Trap  - carnivorous plants are interesting.  They need specific conditions to grow to the their utmost ability
There are quite a handful of carniverous plants. Mostly from a rain forest area. Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher plant,, Sundew, Bladderworts. Some grow to 30 feet tall and others are small in size. They have developed to obtain nutrients from animal matter. Sometimes small mammals and reptiles They need special care to survive in our homes which tend to run too dry. Southeast Asia, Mexico, and homes where collectors give them what they need to thrive.
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@kabella50 (309)
• United States
14 Jan 07
i only know the venus fly trap
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• India
14 Jan 07
Carnivorous plats are those adapted for capturing insects and other tiny animals by means of ingenious pitfalls and traps and then subjecting them to the decomposing action of digestive enzymes, bacteria, or both. i have seen them in a nearby botanical garden.
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• India
17 Jan 07
hi don, have seen pitcher plants and venus fly traps. they both grow in assam in india. had planted a pitcher plant in my yard. its a vine which can get very big indeed. feeds on insects. has a gluey liquid in the pitcher and emits a smell attractive to insects. when they crawl in the pitcher closes and digestive liquids inside the pitcher do the rest. the pitcher then opens again for the next victim. yes, you can spend hours watching the astonishing creation of nature.
@raghwagh (1528)
• India
14 Jan 07
Yes carnivorous plants do exist.There are few species of such plants.These plants are small in height and feed on small insects.They have a trap in which small insects get trapped and then the plant digests the pray and get energy.Thus these plants are carnivorous.