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Rare carnivorous plant discovered in Brazil


Posted on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Carnivorous plant found recently in Brazil uses buried leaves to catch and devour worms in the soil.

A plant's leaves are usually known to be photosynthetic organs, absorbing whatever nutrients they need from the sun and atmosphere, so it came as a surprise to find a plant which gets its nutrients not only from the soil, but from an entirely different species. The leaves of the plant - which are more abundant below ground than above - act as a trap, waiting for an earthworm to pass close enough. Enzymes within the leaves help break down the flesh of the worms rapidly so that the plant can digest the nutrients.

"In the kind of discovery seldom seen in modern biology, scientists say they have discovered a carnivorous Brazilian plant that uses sticky, subterranean leaves to catch and digest worms—an evolutionary strategy for acquiring nutrients that has never before been observed in the plant kingdom."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Welsh Shaun on 11 January, 2012, 15:36
I wish they had pictures to go with this article Its quite incredible realy
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robbie333 on 11 January, 2012, 15:37
Now this is amazing. The Little Shop of Horrors has nothing on this plant.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Still Waters on 11 January, 2012, 15:49
I wish they had pictures to go with this article Its quite incredible realy There's one here - http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/dn21338/1-first-plant-to-use-buried-leaves-to-catch-worms-found.html
Comment icon #4 Posted by Abramelin on 11 January, 2012, 15:52
Or here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2085079/Worm-eating-plant-Philcoxia-minensis-discovered-Brazil-traps-prey-sticky-underground-leaves.html === No plant but a fungus: Nematode-trapping fungi (predators, predaceous fungi) http://www.biological-research.com/philip-jacobs%20BRIC/ http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nematodes+fungus+trap&oq=nematodes+fungus+trap&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=2511l2511l0l3900l1l1l0l0l0l0l47l47l1l1l0
Comment icon #5 Posted by KERIK182 on 12 January, 2012, 22:41
Awesome story
Comment icon #6 Posted by ovaz1088 on 13 January, 2012, 3:47
And some people say plants don't have feelings. lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aliens Exist on 13 January, 2012, 4:42
OPEN YOUR MIND AND THINK FOR A MINUTE, WE ARE NOT ALONE! THAT'S A BETTER BET THAN SAYING, NAH WE ARE THE ONLY LIFE ANYWHERE? HOW DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW THAT? WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ALIENS!


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