Amazing world of plants

A carnivorous; meat-eating plant?!?!

“A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines!

The pitcher plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its leafy trap.During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify. The botanists have named the pitcher plant after British natural history broadcaster David Attenborough…”

“….Pitcher plants are carnivorous. Carnivorous plants come in many forms, and are known to have independently evolved at least six separate times. While some have sticky surfaces that act like flypaper, others like the Venus fly trap are snap traps, closing their leaves around their prey. Pitchers create tube-like leaf structures into which insects and other small animals tumble and become trapped…”

Via BBC, Earth News. read more…

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This following plant has developed a mechanism to appear ill to its onlookers! This clever thing has been found growing in the rainforests of Ecuador. Oh, the wonderful world of plants!

“….The plants feigns sickness to stop it being attacked by insect pests known as mining moths, which would otherwise eat its healthy leaves. It is the first known example of a plant that mimics being ill, and could also explain a common pattern seen on plant leaves known as variegation…”

“…Variegation is familiar to gardeners and affects many species of plant. Variegated plants have different coloured patterns on the leaf surface, produced by a variety of causes. One of the most common is when cells in the leaf lose chlorophyll and their ability to photosynthesise, appearing white. In theory, plants with variegated leaves should be at a disadvantage, because of this restricted ability to photosynthesise…”

via BBC EarthNews

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A leaf damaged by mining moths (left) compared to one faking it (right).
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