Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Living flypaper

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Pinguicula gigantea (Flypaper plant)

The flypaper plant, a native of Mexico, is literally like a living flypaper. Its leaves excrete a sticky compound which traps and immobilizes small insects. Once trapped by this carnivorous plant, the unfortunate insects are digested and absorbed by the leaves, providing the plant with needed nutrition.

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