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About Carnivorous Plants

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What are Carnivorous Plants?

3 page, 455 KB PDF version, HTML version.

General introduction and definition of carnivorous plants.

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Murderous Plants.

4 page, 393 KB PDF version, HTML version.

Murderous plants often get confused with carnivorous plants. Murderous plants kill as a predator defense, accidentally, or incidentally, while carnivorous plants kill for nutrition.

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Carnivorous Plant Trapping Mechanisms.

4 page, 438 KB PDF version, HTML version.

Carnivorous plants have 6 different trapping mechanisms. Some kinds use more than one mechanism.

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Carnivorous Plant Digestion and Nutrient Assimilation.

5 page, 516 KB PDF version, HTML version.

Mechanisms used to digest and assimilate nutrients are discussed.

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Evolution -- the Lamiales Carnivores.

5 page, 504 KB PDF version, HTML version.

What is known about the evolution of Pinguicula, Genlisea, and Utricularia.

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Evolution -- the Ericales Carnivores.

4 page, 549 KB PDF version, HTML version.

What is known about the evolution of Roridula, Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Sarracenia.

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Costs of Carnivory.

4 page, 307 KB PDF version, HTML version.

What are the trade-offs carnivorous plants face in nature competing with non-carnivores for nutrients.

How to Grow Carnivorous Plants

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Check List for Growing Dionaea muscipula.

2 page, 233 KB PDF version, HTML version.

So you bought your first Dionaea muscipula, commonly known as the Venus flytrap (VFT), and you would like to keep it alive for a while...

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Growing Dionaea muscipula.

3 page, 397 KB PDF version, HTML version.

General introduction to growing Venus flytraps. VFTs make excellent plants for classroom use.

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Growing Mexican Pinguicula.

3 page 422 KB PDF version, HTML version.

Mexican Pinguicula are among the easiest carnivorous plants to grow as house and classroom plants.

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Growing Subtropical Drosera.

2 page 430 KB PDF version, HTML version.

Subtropical Drosera make great house and classroom plants if they have some protection from dry air and lots of light. They can become weeds in greenhouses.

 



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