Carnivorous Plants

Parrot Pitcher Plant

  • Pitcher Plants

    Yellow Trumpet Pitcher Plant - Cropped

    There are several different types of pitcher plants found in the pine savanna. They all possess modified leaves, often with a pitcher-like appearance, that serve as pitfall traps. The trap works by attracting insects into the cup-shaped "pitcher" by using visual or nectar bribes. The rim of the modified leaf is slippery, which causes the insect to fall into the trap. Small downward pointing hairs prevent the insect from crawling out. The plant then secrets digestive juices which break down the meal - yum!

  • Sundews

    Dwarf Sundew

    Numerous species of these glittering, jewel-like plants dot the floor of the savanna. What they lack in size (most species on the refuge are quite small) they make up for in insect-luring ability! These tiny predators lure, capture and digest insects using stalked glands covered with droplets of very sticky secretions at the ends of their leaves. In fact, their common name, sundew, comes from these glistening secretions that cover their surfaces, resembling the morning dew.

  • Butterworts


    Butterworts use sticky leaves to lure, trap and digest their insect prey. Small insects mistake the sticky droplets as water, when they come in for a drink, they quickly find themselves stuck. A digestive enzyme is then released to extract the nutrients from the insect.

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