Hungry hungry plants

sarracenia-leaf

Bogs are nutrient-poor environments because they waterlogged and acidic. Several plants, like Sarracenia purpurea (Northern Pitcher Plant), adapted to these harsh conditions by “eating” insects in order to get their nutrients. The red veins on the leaves can be seen by insects, attracting them to come for a visit but are pushed in by hairs that line the leaves.  The leaves are shaped in a pitcher which collects rainwater and a combination of dissolved enzymes produced by the plant and bacteria that digests drowned insects.

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