Found growing naturally in acidic, damp soils that are deficient in nutrients, carnivorous plants have evolved special adaptations that enable them to capture and digest insects to supplement their diet. In order to grow, not only does the acidic soil requirement need to be replicated, but the plants require high humidity and full sun. With a little effort, carnivorous plants add excitement to any plant collection.

A plant is generally considered carnivorous if it has the following three attributes:
  • The plant must have clear adaptations to capture prey such as a trap.
    It can have extra features that help improve the trapping efficiency.
  • The plant has some way to digest the prey into a form that can be absorbed by the plant.
    The plant may produce digestive enzymes, or it may rely on other organisms to perform the digestion.
  • The plant must have a way of absorbing the nutrients, and must benefit from the nutrients.

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Nepenthaceae - Tropical Pitcher Plants
Nepenthes are mostly liana-forming plants of the Old World tropics.

Nepenthes alata
Nepenthes alata
Native to the Philippines.

Nepenthes ampullaria
Nepenthes ampullaria - Flask-Shaped Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes bicalcarata
Nepenthes bicalcarata - Fanged Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes rafflesiana
Nepenthes rafflesiana - Raffles' Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes truncata
Nepenthes truncata
Native to the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

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