Carnivorous Plants- Beautiful but Deadly

Next on our list is the Small Butterwort.

How can a pretty little plant with beautiful soft purple or white flowers be so deadly? Simple: Adaptations- the way nature evolves to survive. 

This plant’s uniqueness is the lime green colored leaves layered at the ground’s surface called basal rosettes. The leaves can fold and curl inward to prevent digestive enzymes from escaping off the edges. Think about it. Here’s a plant that can actually make its leaves curl so it won’t lose any valuable nutrients! If a plant can do this than why can’t kids eat their vegetables?

The flower itself shimmers, and it is so pretty. The base is curved and pointed at the end, kind of like a cornucopia, and to come to think about it, it’s like a double instigator. It entices the insects to the beautiful flower and can also lure them to that lovely sweet, scented dewdrops below.

Small butterworts have the same process devouring insects as the Pink Sundews, the ‘flypaper’ method. 

Adding to the Florida Butterwort family, include the Blueflower and Yellow Butterworts. Both have very similar plant structures, but they are much larger than the Small Butterwort.

To eat or not to eat. 

For flowering plants to produce seeds, they need pollination, which is a challenge for carnivorous plants. It’s called pollinator-prey conflict. The theory, to keep prospective pollinators from becoming prey; the plant produces flowers atop a long stalk. Also in theory, some carnivorous plants may even produce different scents. A different scent for the flower and a different scent for that sticky substance.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161010-how-insect-eating-plants-persuade-insects-to-pollinate-them

Next the Hooded Pitcher Plant

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