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9.5: Predatory plants

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). Plants as predators.

    Peatlands can form over vast areas where the habitat is isolated from a normal supply of nutrients (Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\), left) and life there must endure low levels of nitrogen. In this situation, some plants become predators.

    The pitcher plant (Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\), middle), for example, attracts insects with nectar and then eats them to obtain nitrogen, trapping them in a pool of digestive fluid at the bottom of a tall green vase with slippery, unidirectional sides of downward-pointing hairs. The sundew (Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\), right) seems simpler, capturing unwary insects in sticky droplets and then consuming them.

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