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So, why eat bugs? If they get food through photosynthesis, why do they need bugs or frogs to eat? Carnivorous plants get nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium from their unique diet. Other plants get these things from the soil.

Adamec, L. (1997) Mineral nutrition of carnivorous plants: A review. Botanical Review 63:273-299.

Adamec (1997) has a nice review discussing trade-offs between nutrition from prey and nutrition from more typical sources such as soil or water. Summarizing a number of papers, Adamec classified results for terrestrial carnivores into three groups. The "nutrient-requiring species", Pinguicula vulgaris, P. alpina, P. lusitanica, Drosera adelae, D. aliciae, D. capillaris, D. capensis, D. rotundifolia, D. intermedia, and Sarracenia flava increased their growth with increased soil fertility and from foliar feeding (insects or fertilizer). Root nutrient uptake was stimulated by leaf feeding in some species indicating there are certain soil nutrients the the plants can not utilize efficiently without supplements absorbed on the leaves. Plants of other species on optimal soil could also be negatively affected by trapping insects. This group tends not to reutilize nutrients from old leaves. A second group, "root-leaf nutrient competitors", Drosera whittakeri, D. binata, Pinguicula villosa, and probably Drosera erythrorhiza are able to utilize both leaf and root nutrients but there is no enhancement and there may be limits to absorption on both leaves and roots. This group does reutilize nutrients from old leaves. A third group, "nutrient-modest species", Drosera closterostigma and to some extent Dionaea muscipula are not able to utilize soil nutrients. These species rely on leaf uptake for nutrients. The nutrients that all of these plants were targeting at both leaf and roots were nitrogen (amino acids, ammonium, and nitrate) and phosphorus (phosphate). Potassium did not seem to be critical.


Carnivorous plants are surprisingly easy to grow. They need:

The ICPS welcomes Alex Eilts as our Director of Conservation, Research, and Education

A carnivorous plant is one that attracts its own food, catches its food, and digests its food. There are over 600 known species. The earliest reference we have to them is in the 1578 book ‘New Herbal’. The Victorians, like me, loved novelty so it is not surprising carnivorous plants were popular in Victorian greenhouses. When it was rumored the first New World pitcher plants arriving, they lined up at the docks to get them. ( much like gadget geeks of today )


Photosynthesis and respiration Flashcards | Quizlet

As the Director of Conservation, Research, and Education I hope to help ensure the money spent will achieve maximum benefit for carnivorous plants, their conservation, and our understanding of them. I’m looking forward to the ICPS formalizing the granting process, updating our conservation statement, and creating materials that can be used in classrooms. The ICPS has a bright future, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to participate in steering the path forward.

During photosynthesis, plants use the energy of the sun to drive a ..

To care for carnivorous plants:
1) Use distilled or rain water or filtered tap water. They are extremely sensitive to chemicals.
2) Carnivorous plants want acidic soil. ( Add vinegar if needed to the water. Or just mix peat into your soil mix. )
3) Try not to play with them. If you feed them bugs use bugs that are half the size of the traps.
4) They love humidity.
5) No fertilizer, ever. They will die.
6) Light needs vary by plant, most want full sun.

of Dionaea muscipula and other carnivorous plants.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Australian carnivorous pitcher plant Cephalotus follicularis ..

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.