Carnivorous Plants – a fabulous world of strange creatures

Fascinating carnivorous plants

There are so weird and weird plants in this world. Some are, as we know, carnivorous. That also has a good explanation. Carnivorous plants grow in places with nutrient-poor soil. So you need something other than this to survive.

There are many different plant species with such habits!

Here are just a few:

Tubeweed Family (Sarraceniaceae)




This is a family of carnivorous plants. They grow in Texas, in the USA and also in the southeast of Canada.

Their leaves are funnel-shaped. They have something like a hood. It protects the leaves from rain. Tube plants attract insects through color, aroma and delicious nectar.

Pitcher plants (Nepenthes)

The Nepenthes is the generic term for more than 130 species of carnivorous plants with ground traps. They are widespread in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines, Seychelles, Australia, India, Borneo and Sumatra.

Most are very tall and reach between 10 and 15 meters. They have a broad root system, but it’s pretty superficial.

Reuse traps (Genlisea)



There are just over 20 known subspecies of Genlisea. They grow in moist to semi-aquatic environment. Trap traps are common in Africa and South America.

These are small herbs with yellow flowers. They have two specific type of leaves. The first are photosynthetic and grow above the ground. The others are underground. The second species pulls, captures and eats tiny creatures. Such are, for example, the protozoa.

Cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica)

This plant is native to North America, and more specifically from Oregon and California. It grows in swamps or other aquatic environments with running cold water.

Unlike many other carnivorous plants, the Cobra Lily has an interesting looking snake tongue. This is mainly directed to the ground and so the Kobralilie catches their prey.

Water hose (Utricularia)

This genus includes more than 220 species of carnivorous plants. They grow in both sweet and salty waters. Water hose plants are the only ones that feed on catch bubbles.

Fat herbs (pinguicula)

This species of carnivorous plant has sticky leaves. These are succulents that grow in many different bright nuances. With the leaves, the fat herbs catch insects and eat them. Fatty herbs are common in North, South America, Europe and Asia.

Sundew (Drosera)

The genus sundew includes more than 144 different plants. They grow on all continents except Antarctica. Sundew plants form outstretched or upright rosettes. They grow between 1cm and 1m high.

These plants can survive for up to 50 years.

The scary Venus flytrap

With the official name: Dionaea muscipula

In nature as well as in life sometimes the appearance is wrong

Aldrovanda Vesiculosa

Byblis Gigantea

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