5 Sticky Facts About Carnivorous Sundew Plants

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Carnivorous Sundew Plants

1. Sundew is a carnivorous plant and, despite its small size, it is a formidable enemy of insects on all continents except Antarctica. There are at least 194 species of sundew, and they can be found from Alaska to New Zealand.

Wherever you are in the world (as long as you are on land), there is very likely some kind of solar dew living not far away.

2. Sundew can be found living in a moist habitat with nutrient-poor, acidic soil. In fact, living in nutrient-free soil is the reason they capture insects for food.

You can find sun spray in places like swamps, muskegs, and swampy areas that are humid, but not too humid. However, some species of sundew are also found in desert environments. The species of sundew shown here, the round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), lives in the muskeg of southeast Alaska.

3. Thigmonastia. Seriously, it's one thing. I want to say that. And the rays of the sun experience it. Thigmonastia is the response of a plant to touch or vibration. According to The Carnivore Girl:

When Borrullians feel trapped in its sticky dew, their Thigmonastia engulfs their prey until they die of exhaustion or suffocation. The response is faster in some species than in others.

Cape shrimp look very dramatic and full of talent, but it takes up to 30 minutes to completely swallow their prey. Drosera glanduligera and Sundew burmannii have "spring tentacles" that coil around your food in seconds!

4. How does a soft plant feed with an exoskeleton? Enzymes The slimy secretion in caterpillars' fur traps insects and the leaves roll inward to bring prey into contact with the smaller internal hairs that secrete enzymes.

Enzymes are an external digestion process, which breaks down the insect's organs so that nutrients can be absorbed by the plant's glands. When only the exoskeleton remains, the blade unfolds and prepares for another meal.

5. Sundew is so adapted to obtaining nutrients from insect prey that some species cannot even collect nutrients through a root system. Instead, the roots simply keep them well-rooted in the soil or are simply a place to collect or store water.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Cape Sundews Trap Bugs In A Sticky Situation

Source: Deep Look

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