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Carnivorous Plants

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Feed Me!!

When Audrey uttered (and sang) the words "Feed Me!" in the film Little Shop of Horrors it made people laugh and smile, but carnivorous plants are no laughing matter...at least to insects.

This video was shot on Marima mountain in New Zealand

Go here for more video on carnivorous plants

Extension Investigation

Use the below resources to answer the following questions

  1. In what kind of habitats are carnivorous plants found?
  2. How have serpentine soils contributed to plant species diversity in New Zealand?
  3. What is the most common way cpDNA (chloroplastic DNA) is inherited between generations? Why is this useful in speciation studies?
  4. How does the feeding technique of carnivorous plants compare to carnivorous sponges?
  5. What conditions are believed to have led to carnivory in plants?

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