Example of Insectivorous Plants (Carnivorous Plants)

Pitcher plant


Insectivorous plants  are green and otherwise autotrophic plants which behave like heterotrophic organisms for their nitrogen supply. They have to depend on insects for their nitrogen supply and proteins. Rest of the food i.e., carbohydrates etc is manufactured by them selves.
  Examples
  • Nepenthes (Pitcher plant)
  • Sarracenia (Devi’s Boots)
  • Drosera (Sundew)
  • Dionaea (Venus fly trap)
  • Aldrovanda (Water flea trap)
  • Utricularia (Bladder wots)
  • Piguicula (Butterwort)
They have different trap mechanisms
  • Pitcher loop - Nepenthes, Sarracenia
  • Snap trap - Dionaea
  • Adhesive trap - Drosera, Pinguicula
  • Suction trap - Utricularia
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