Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes fusca shown)
The genus Nepenthes grows in nutrient poor tropical soils and has developed carnivory to supplement its nutrient requirements. Inside the ‘pitcher’ is a small pool of digestive fluids in which small insects drown and are digested. The colorful lip (or peristome) attracts prey, which lose footing on its slippery surface and fall into the pitcher fluid.
Image: GP Con

Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes fusca shown)

The genus Nepenthes grows in nutrient poor tropical soils and has developed carnivory to supplement its nutrient requirements. Inside the ‘pitcher’ is a small pool of digestive fluids in which small insects drown and are digested. The colorful lip (or peristome) attracts prey, which lose footing on its slippery surface and fall into the pitcher fluid.

Image: GP Con

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