One of the films that have caught my attention, since I was little, is -The little shop of horrors- and its great carnivorous plant… where it needed blood to develop.
In the movie the plant was of alien origin, but in real life there are different types of carnivorous plants!
Today we will dedicate this small space to talk about these curious plants that absorb the necessary nutrients, for their development, of insects and arthropods.
These plants attract insects and trap them, to feed on the nutrients they provide to the plants themselves.
Normally these types of plants are usually found in sites that have rather poor soil. The soil usually lacks nitrogen and usually grows in swampy areas and acidic lands. On the other hand, we can also see it in tropical regions whose habitat is quite humid.
From its discovery, thanks to some writings of Darwin, from 1875 a 625 different species of carnivorous plants have been discovered.
To catch their little victims, these plants have different types of … traps … let's say so. For example, some species have sticky hairs, others with suction bladders, strains, cones … etc. They usually feed on small insects.
They do not usually feed on something bigger like animals or birds, although in some species it could happen, that a rodent would be attracted, some worms or scorpions.
Once the victim has been between the jaws of the plant, it begins to stimulate the secretion of juices to disintegrate it … it could take several days to digest.
Normally if these plants are grown outdoors, they alone are able to look for food, through insects. If on the contrary we do it indoors it will be better to feed them ourselves based on insects. Remember that another type of food can kill the plant.
Finally we tell you that they need rain or distilled water, the presence of the sun and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius to develop in conditions.
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