Catapult Plant Flings Prey into Botanical Maw

September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Picture yourself in the place of one of southern Australia’s many walking insects—say, a springtail or an ant. You’re making your way along the urbanized bushland of Adelaide, when out of nowhere, you’re thrown into the air, zipping up and over into a sticky nest of plant tentacles that promptly stir to life and begin to inexorably stuff you into a botanical pit of gastric juices.

Congratulations! You have met Drosera glanduligera, the tiny, carnivorous Australian Pimpernel Sundew and the world’s only known prey-catapulting plant. « Read the rest of this entry »

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