• Heliamphora
  • The strict definition requires that a plant must possess morphological adaptations that attract prey through scent or visual cues, capture and retain prey (e.g., the waxy scales of Brocchinia reducta or downward facing hairs of Heliamphora prevent escape), digest the dead prey through enzymes produced by the plant, and absorb the products of digestion through specialized structures. (wikipedia.org)
  • The broader definition differs mainly in including plants that do not produce their own digestive enzymes but rely on internal food webs or microbes to digest prey, such as Darlingtonia and some species of Heliamphora . (wikipedia.org)
  • Venus Flytraps are not as humidity-dependent as are some other carnivorous plants, such as Nepenthes , Cephalotus , most Heliamphora , and some Drosera . (thefullwiki.org)
  • carnivory
  • Some authors prefer the term "protocarnivorous" because it implies that these plants are on the evolutionary path to true carnivory, whereas others oppose the term for the same reason. (wikipedia.org)
  • Donald Schnell, author of the book Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada , prefers the term "paracarnivorous" for a less rigid definition of carnivory that can include many of the possible carnivorous plants. (wikipedia.org)
  • Historical observations of the carnivorous syndrome in plant species have been restricted to the more obvious examples of carnivory, such as the active trapping mechanisms of Drosera and Dionaea , though authors have often noted speculation about other species that may not be so obviously carnivorous. (wikipedia.org)
  • Adding to the small but growing list, Francis Lloyd provided his own list of species suspected of carnivory in his 1942 book on carnivorous plants, though these species and their potential were only mentioned in the introduction. (wikipedia.org)
  • One prevailing idea is that carnivory in plants is not a black and white duality, but rather a spectrum from strict non-carnivorous photoautotrophs (a rose, for example) to fully carnivorous plants with active trapping mechanisms like those of Dionaea or Aldrovanda. (wikipedia.org)
  • digestion
  • 1984), required a plant to exhibit an adaptation of some trait specifically for the attraction, capture, or digestion of prey while gaining a fitness advantage through the absorption of nutrients derived from said prey. (wikipedia.org)
  • The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption. (wikipedia.org)
  • prey
  • Since the classic work of Charles and Francis Darwin (1875, 1878) well over a century ago on the carnivorous habit of Drosera, considerable information has accumulated on the significance of captured animal prey in the nutrition of carnivorous plants. (springer.com)
  • The lobes exhibit rapid plant movements , snapping shut when stimulated by prey. (thefullwiki.org)
  • small
  • To prevent the butterflies from laying too many eggs on any single plant, some passion flowers bear small colored nubs which resemble the butterflies' eggs and seem to fool them into believing that more eggs have already been deposited on a plant than actually is the case. (infogalactic.com)
  • rare
  • Contributes to the conservation of biodiversity, especially rare and declining plants and animals and the diversity of ecosystems native to Michigan. (michwildflowers.com)
  • Description
  • In 1760, the North Carolina colonial governor , Arthur Dobbs , penned the first written description of the plant in a letter to English botanist Peter Collinson It was dated Brunswick, Jan. 24, 1760. (wikipedia.org)