Waterwheel Plant - Underwater Snap Traps
The Waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) is an aquatic carnivorous plant that traps invertebrates in a manner similar to the venus flytrap.
The traps consist of two lobes that are lined on the inside with sensitive trigger hairs. When an aquatic invertebrate makes contact with these hairs, the two lobes snap together, trapping the prey. This can take as little as 10 milliseconds.
Once sealed, the traps secret digestive enzymes to release the nutrients from its prey. It then absorbs the nutrients to aid its growth.
© 2009 Barry Rice via EOL

Waterwheel Plant - Underwater Snap Traps

The Waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) is an aquatic carnivorous plant that traps invertebrates in a manner similar to the venus flytrap.

The traps consist of two lobes that are lined on the inside with sensitive trigger hairs. When an aquatic invertebrate makes contact with these hairs, the two lobes snap together, trapping the prey. This can take as little as 10 milliseconds.

Once sealed, the traps secret digestive enzymes to release the nutrients from its prey. It then absorbs the nutrients to aid its growth.

© 2009 Barry Rice via EOL

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