There are five unique types of carnivorous
plants. The well known type, the same family that the
Venus Flytrap contains, is the snap trap family.
Snap traps use on a mouth that closes in around its pray,
where the plant will eat anything it catches.
The second type are pitfall traps. These traps require food
tumbling into the plant and being unable to escape. These
plants undergo frequent evolution, as }liquid|water} can gather
in the pitchers of the plant as well as the bugs that the plant
eats. These plants range from beautiful to bland, and do not
have moving parts like their snap trap cousins.
Flypaper traps are among some of the coolest carnivorous
plants. These plants ooze out a glue which traps and devours
insects for food. These carnivorous plants should be approached
with caution in the home, as the secretions can cause damage to
Bladder traps are a fascinating subset of carnivorous plants.
These plants function through the osmosis of water to create a
suction within the body of the plant. Once an insect or aquatic
species has been trapped within, escape is difficult. Unlike
many carnivorous plants, these are more commonly found
underwater than above ground. Some species of bladder traps,
such as the Bladderwort, lack roots, which make them a creative
addition to any collection.
Lobster pot traps are among some of the most exotic looking
carnivorous plants that you can acquire. These plants survive
by allowing insects an easy way to gain entry, but little
chance of escape. In the case of the corkscrew plant, the
insides of the plant have downward pointing barriers and a
y-shaped leaf structure that stops the escape of its prey. The
unusual shapes of lobster pot traps are directly related to
their evolution to stop the escape of insects.
For those desiring something even more unusual, there are
several varieties of plants that do not meet all of the
requirements of carnivorous plants, but have similar
characteristics. These plants include the Brocchinia Roridula
and members of the Martyniaceae species. These plants lack one
of the three required aspects, which is to attract, kill and
digest prey, to be classed as a proper carnivorous plant.
Carnivorous plants should be grown where young children and
babies cannot touch them. While most of them are mostly
non-threatening to humans, digestion of these plants should be
avoided, due to the digestive enzymes that the plant uses to