Carnivorous plants say ‘cheese’
It took high-speed cameras to reveal how the bladderwort gets lunch
By Stephen Ornes, 13:13 PM March 1, 2011
If you were hiking and came across a plant called a bladderwort, you might stop to admire its small, yellow flowers floating on a puddle. And then walk on. But if you were smaller than a flea and lived in the water, you wouldn't admire the plant ― you'd probably become its dinner.
That's because the bladderwort is one of the fastest bug-eating plants on the planet. Under the water, the plant's stems hold tiny bags, or bladders, that look like tilted teardrops. When an unsuspecting bug gets ...
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