If you don’t think that plants scare you, you should think again. Researchers have discovered that semari sack plants in Canadian swamps not only get abundant insects but also eat adult vertebrates. You don’t have to throw away your ornamental plants, but this carnivorous detail of green leaves allows you to see ferns and orchids in a completely new way.
How do researchers know what plants eat animals?
Scientists have known for years that sack plants found in swamps around the world love to eat meat. The most famous lazy carnivorous plant, the Venus flytrap, has been the class favorite for years because it includes insects slowly and steadily. In 2018, a researcher at the University of Guelph found salamanders in a purple feeding jug in Ontario.
This unusual discovery has led to careful investigation: in August and September (salamander breeding season), a group of researchers roamed the moor, inspecting potted plants to find trapped salamanders. What they found was fantastic. Almost one fifth of the plants they control contain at least one salamander.
While scientists should investigate further to determine the causes and effects of these plants that feed on lizards, they say it is very likely that this behavior has been going on for a long time without anyone noticing. In addition, he is not sure how the plant kills and consumes relatively large animals. Experts say it will take at least three days before the lizards die in carafes and it could take up to 19 days to give up.
Because so many lizards have been found in plants, vertebrates are probably a large part of the nutrients needed for plants. However, scientists are planning more research to determine the process and benefits of these plant food supplements. Scientists have previously found other vertebrates such as mice in the carafes of this plant, but unlike salamanders, these results are rare and animals are believed to have fallen from trees to unsuspecting plants.
How do plants feed animals?
Pitcher plants have a specific name: they look like large green pots filled with fresh water. The edges of its large jugular bodies are covered with nectar, which attracts insects and water attracts larger animals, such as salamanders. If animals or insects fall into a jar, they will surely fail. Plants slowly digest insects or animals with a mixture of microorganisms and digestive enzymes.
As for salamanders, researchers are not sure if they will be attracted to seminar bags because they seek comparable security in dark waters or if the seedlings are in the best position to move the animals to slide and fall. The depth of water digestion of plants.
Do other plants eat animals?
Although feeding plants rarely have the ability to eat vertebrates, there are many other plants that eat insects effectively. From the Portuguese sundial, which captures and digests insects in its leaves, to the bottle openers, which feed on microscopic organisms and protozoa in the soil, plants have more to offer than we normally think of them.
And although carnivorous plants have enjoyed salamander dishes for centuries, this new and extraordinary discovery is just another sign that we don’t know everything, especially when it comes to plants.