Northern pitcher plant

Northern pitcher plant


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Northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) growing in a bog. This plant attracts insects to its pitchers using odours. When the insects investigate they fall down the slippery sides of the pitchers and are digested by enzymes in the solution in the pitcher. Carnivorous plants such as this evolved so that they could live in areas where the soil is very low in nutrients, which is the case in bogs. By deriving nutrients from insects, they compensate for the low nutrient soil. Photographed in New York State, USA.

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