Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica)
In order to supplement its nutritional needs, the monotypic genus Darlingtonia has developed carnivory.
The leaves have evolved into a funnel, with a hood that envelopes into a downward facing opening. Insects enter through the opening and get confused by the illuminated translucent spots on the hood, thinking that they are exits.
Eventually the prey tires from trying to exit and falls into pool of water at the base of the funnel. Downward facing hairs and slippery walls prevent the insect from escaping.
The plant produces proteolytic enzymes that break down the drowned prey into nutrients that are absorbed by the plant.
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Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica)

In order to supplement its nutritional needs, the monotypic genus Darlingtonia has developed carnivory.

The leaves have evolved into a funnel, with a hood that envelopes into a downward facing opening. Insects enter through the opening and get confused by the illuminated translucent spots on the hood, thinking that they are exits.

Eventually the prey tires from trying to exit and falls into pool of water at the base of the funnel. Downward facing hairs and slippery walls prevent the insect from escaping.

The plant produces proteolytic enzymes that break down the drowned prey into nutrients that are absorbed by the plant.

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