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Carnivorous Plant That Eats Worms Underground

 

You'd never know by looking at their gorgeous flowers, but a rare planet
species called Philcoxia in Brazil are quite deadly ... to underground
worms:
Botanists have found three plants, all relatives of the popular
snapdragon garden flowers, that have an unusual network of sticky leaves
underground.
These leaves allow the plants to trap and digest worms, and possibly
other creatures, that stray onto their sticky surfaces in the soil.


While there are many species of carnivorous plants that use insects,
frogs and even small mammals to supplement the nutrients they need to
grow, none have ever been found to trap their prey beneath the ground.


Botanists now believe there could be many other plants that use
this previously unrecognised method of killing and consuming animals.

Richard Gray of The Telegraph has the story: Link

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