A pitcher plant in flower
growing on a road cut in Palau
A carnivorous plant is a plant that derives some or most of its nutrients (but not energy) by trapping and consuming animals, especially insects. Carnivorous plants usually grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcropings.
Types of carnivorous plants:
- Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
- Pitcher plants (Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Cephalotus)
- Sundews (Drosera)
- Butterworts (Pinguicula)
- Bladderworts (Utricularia)
- Genlisea (Corkscrew Plant)
- Drosophyllum (Portuguese Dewy Pine)
- Aldrovanda (Waterwheel Plant)
- Brocchinia reducta (an epiphytic bromeliad)
- Polypompholyx (Fairy Aprons)
- Triphyophyllum (a tropical liana)
wrote the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants in 1875.
Carnivorous plants in fiction
- A fanciful carnivorous plant with an insatiable appetite was the central theme of the comedic play, Little Shop of Horrors, made from a more serious 1960s movie of the same name.
- The triffids presented in John Wyndham's book The Day of the Triffids are plants which can uproot themselves, move, and can kill whith a posionous, whip-like tail. The book leaves open the question of whether the triffids are intelligent.
- The film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a campy movie about tomatoes that for some reason eat people.