When Plants Get HUNGRY

Dell, Pamela
April 2006
Ask;Apr2006, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p14
The article focuses on insect-eating or carnivorous plants. Although most of these plants contain chlorophyll, which means they can make their own food, they still need protein for their cells to function properly and be healthy and strong. Carnivorous plants grow in bogs, swamps, and other marshy places where there is little nitrogen in the soil. The ingredients for the protein are the insects flying and crawling around them. By trapping and digesting insects, carnivorous plants are able to get the protein their cells need. Examples of carnivorous plants are Venus's flytrap and pitcher plants.


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