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Carnivorous plant games

Carnivorous plants

The plant world is truly varied, and there are so many families, genera and species of existing plants that you never stop discovering new ones, even curious and extravagant ones. For example, they constitute a kind of world apart from so-called carnivorous plants, or insectivorous plants. Their name could evoke mutant plant creatures, hungry for human flesh: in reality, they are only plants that, due to the lack of nutrients in the soil in which they grow, need to take external supplements. The proteins they need are thus acquired by insects, which are attracted with various tricks between the leaves and flower petals of these plants, and then digested by other means. There are many games of carnivorous plants, which are played by them,

Why adopt a carnivorous plant


Before analyzing what are the different games of carnivorous plants, which the latter devise to trap insects, let us ask ourselves why we might have the desire to adopt an insectivorous plant, or even more than one, in the home or in the garden. The first aspect is easily understood: carnivorous plants are excellent for freeing the environment from annoying and unwanted insects, such as flies, ants, or mosquitoes, in an absolutely ecological way. There will never be the need to use insecticides or toxic powders: it will be the plants that will make a clean sweep of the insects. Furthermore, the aesthetic aspect must not be neglected: many species of carnivorous plants have unusual, exotic and seductive shapes, certainly very unique and of great visual impact. They therefore also contribute to reviving the garden, as they are often also very colorful. Their care is not excessively demanding: just guarantee them lots of light and lots of water.

Carnivorous plant games


The tricks that insectivorous plants put in place to ensure their meal are truly manifold, as many as there are their species. For example, Dionaea muscipula is one of the best known carnivorous plants: it has flowers that look like gaping jaws, and which are covered with a very fine down. It perceives the touch of an insect, and immediately the two parts of the flower snap, closing like a trap or like a jaw, and trap the insect, which is then slowly digested. Another tactic is adopted by the Sarracenie, which can be up to one meter high and have the shape of a cone. Their sweet scent attracts insects, which settle on the funnel-shaped edge and then slide to the bottom, where a liquid traps and metabolizes them. Sarracenias often grow in very large colonies.


But the gimmicks used by carnivorous plants to feed themselves are really of all kinds. Drosophyllum lusitanicum has inside vesicles of a beautiful bright red color, which are covered with a viscous substance like glue. Insects stick to it, and are then incorporated into the plant. The Darlingtonia californica even makes fun of its prey: in fact it presents on its walls some luminous cracks that make the trapped insects believe they have a way out. However, they hit the wall of the plant and fall to the bottom, stunned and ready to be digested. Not surprisingly, this plant is also called a cobra plant, due to its shape that resembles that of a snake. Even in the water, insects cannot rest easy. Utricularia is found underwater,

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