Yellow trumpet pitcher plants in fog

Yellow trumpet pitcher plants in fog

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Credit: JEFF LEPORE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Yellow trumpet pitcher plants. View of yellow trumpet pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) on a foggy morning. These are insect-eating plants. Insects are attracted to this modified leaf by its bright colours and the scent of nectar. Once inside, they lose their purchase on the slippery walls and fall into a pool of liquid at the bottom, where they drown. Downward-pointing barbs inside the neck of the pitcher prevent the biggest insects from crawling back out. The liquid contains protein-digesting enzymes that dissolve the dead bodies and release nitrogen compounds to the plant. Photographed in Apalachicola National Forest, Florida, USA.

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Keywords: apalanchicola nat. fores, botany, carnivorous plant, carnivorous plants, fog, insect trap, insectivorous plant, nature, pitcher, pitcher plant, plant, sarracenia flava, trumpet pitcher, trumpet pitcher plant

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