Also called an insectivorous plant, a specialized plant
whose leaves are adapted to trap and digest insects, which supplement their
food supply. They have poorly developed root systems and are normally found
living in nitrogen-deficient sandy or boggy soils, or as epiphytes.
The insects may be caught in vase-like traps (e.g., the pitcher plant, Sarracenia
flava), by leaves that spring shut (e.g., the Venus fly trap, Dionaea
muscipula), by a trapdoor (e.g., the bladderworts, Utricularia),
or on sticky leaves (e.g., the sundews, Drosera). The captured
insects are broken down by enzymes secreted
by the plants and the products absorbed.
|The green pitcher plant, found in swampy areas in
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee