Duh! How can plants be raptorial? This is the reaction of most people when reading the title but once you start to go on with it, you will see how carnivorous plants can be. Starting with just bugs, these plants eat mice and others to keep themselves alive; but why are they like this? This is also a question comes in mind after seeing these alien-like plants but while coping with the harsh environment and the poor soil quality, they’ve evolved as they can take the required nutrition from living organisms. So, let’s start the top 5.
As they appear like they’re covered in dew, these species from Drosera genus are also well known as Sundews. These dews are the only weapon they use to attract their prey, the naïve insects. The dews are actually quite sticky and are digestive enzymes which the Drosera plants use to digest their pray as well to catch them. There are about 200 different species in the world.
You might have seen Flytraps in many movies as they’re so famous that the famous movie based on the book of Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of The Earth also cast this carnivorous plant as well. They’re quite famous for their jaws with which they predate insect like a true predator. When two or three of their hairs touch the pray, the mouth quickly shuts within 20 seconds after the first movement and then it starts to digest the pray; very slowly.
Seriously! A bottle! Everyone thinks the same after a glimpse of this plant and they even don’t feel to take another one as how a bottle can be raptorial? But one of the greatest predators is hidden inside this funny thing. Also known as Tropical Pitchers, these are native to tropical habitats in Australia, Asia, and Sri Lanka. They contain self-produced liquids as well as mimics of different scents to attract insects; even small animals like mice. Once they sense movement in the bottles or monkey cups; they secrete strong digestive enzyme on the pray; breaking down them alive.
Another species of deadly cups; the Sarracenia have pitchers also like Nepenthes and is mostly found in parts of the United States and Canada. The most dangerous thing is you cannot distinguish them from normal flowering plants as they’re both beautiful and normal while a predator is hidden behind the mask. They fool their pray as well people with it. Their leaves turn into deep reddish purple for attracting insects during the end of the summer. Once someone enters, the declivitous side of the pitcher and the secreted wetting juice leaves no place for the pray to escape.
Mostly known as butterwort, famous for their bright, colorful flowers and especially their dewy leaves which they use just as Drosera plants use their dew to catch their prey. They live in two sessions; the plants’ leaves grow stickier for catching their pray in the summer days while in winter, they quite hibernate throughout the season and doesn’t produce the enzyme anymore.