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Category Carnivorous Plants

The Insects Strike Back…

Carnivorous plants have ingeniously evolved a variety of mechanisms to survive in extreme conditions. With the ability to catch their prey they don’t have to rely on their immediate environment alone to obtain nutrients, unlike more traditional plants. Usually, you… Continue Reading →

Why Have Some Plants Become Carnivorous?

Carnivorous plants come from a range of climates from the tropical areas of Asia to the temperate regions of Europe and from Central America up to Alaska, as well as Australia and many Pacific islands. In fact, the only continent… Continue Reading →

Aldrovanda vesiculosa (Waterwheel)

The waterwheel plant is native to Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, but they are becoming increasingly rare. It’s the sole species of the genus, although 19 extinct species are known, through fossil records. This fast growing, aquatic, rootless plant consists… Continue Reading →

Nepenthes (Monkey cup pitcher plant)

Nepenthes are a genus that contains around 170 species and are very diverse. They are native to the tropics, principally Madagascar through tropical Asia to northern Australia. In the wild, they grow as vines up to 15m (50ft). Most tropical… Continue Reading →

Cephalotus follicularis (Western Australian or Albany pitcher)

Cephalotus is only native to the breezy coastal districts of southwest Australia, mainly between the towns of Albany and Walpole and is the only member of the genus. Plain, fleshy leaves form in spring and the traps follow in summer…. Continue Reading →

Darlingtonia Californica (Cobra lily)

Darlingtonia is native to the USA, in northern California and southern Oregon. It is the sole member of its genus and one of the rarest. Cobra lilies have variegated pitchers at the end of their leaves. Pitchers are mottled green… Continue Reading →

Utricularia (Bladderwort)

Bladderworts are the largest genus of carnivorous plants with around 220 species and are widely distributed around the world. They are highly evolved, mostly semi-aquatic plants and can be found in lakes, streams and bogs. The plants contain tiny hollow… Continue Reading →

Pinguiciula (Butterwort)

Butterworts are from a genus of around 80 species. They are native to all continents, except Australia and Antarctica. Most species can be found in Central and South America. Typically, plants have fleshy rosettes of green, pink or red leaves,… Continue Reading →

Drosera (Sundew)

Sundews are native to every continent apart from Antarctica. The genus is among the largest of all carnivorous plants with around 200 known species. They grow in various habitats in nutrient deficient soils and come in diverse shapes and sizes…. Continue Reading →

Sarracenia (American or trumpet pitcher)

Sarracenia belongs to a genus of 8 recognised species. They are native habitat to North America, primarily the eastern see-board and northern USA as well as south-east Canada. They grow along coastal plains and sunny open wetlands. These habitats are… Continue Reading →

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