Carnivorous Plant Traps: Explaining the Evolution of Complex 'Composite' Traits

  • Two tropical pitcher plant species were recently examined by an international team of researchers led by Dr. Ulrike Bauer of the University of Bristol.
  • These species include the 'slender pitcher plant' (Nepenthes gracilis), found in Borneo, and Nepenthes perwillii, found in the Seychelles Islands off the east coast of Africa.
  • The study found that carnivorous plants have evolved modified leaves into 'traps' that help capture nutrients from captured prey.
  • It is known that the rate of photosynthesis is low in the 'web' of carnivorous ....
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