Unique plants
requiring special care

Pitcher plants are exceptional in the plant kingdom. Catching insects and other small animals are their way to compensate for the little nutrients available. They evolved so peculiarly to adapt to their tough environment and therefore they have unusual needs.

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How pitcher plants catch prey

The ingenious trapping mechanism.

Small insects are attracted
by nectar secreted from
the underside of the trap’s lid
Nepenthes pitcher that shows the trapping mechanism
The prey slips into a pool of liquid
The animals drown and
are eventually digested by enzymes

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