In no particular order, a few other problems none of them, I'm afraid, unique to any particular flavor of speculative fiction: Heck, it's even a terrestrial problem on this planet, and we at least share biological imperatives for communication
What are Carnivorous Plants? What is so special about carnivorous plants that a society with over a thousand members exists to share information about them? Carnivorous plants are predatory flowering plants that kill animals in order to derive nutrition from their bodies.
They share three attributes that operate together and separate them from other plants. Have a mechanism to facilitate digestion of the prey Derive a significant benefit from nutrients assimilated from the prey To put it in more human terms, carnivorous plants eat things like insects, spiders, crustaceans and other small soil and water-living invertebrates and protozoans, lizards, mice, rats, and other small vertebrates.
Carnivorous plants pull off this trick using specialized leaves that act as traps. The plant then absorbs the nutrients made available from the corpse.
Most carnivorous plants will grow without consuming prey but they grow much faster and reproduce much better with nutrients derived from their prey.
We do not call these plants "insectivorous plants" because no self respecting carnivore is going to check the ID of a potential prey to make sure it is an insect. Some carnivorous plants do specialize in capturing insects, but they will consume whatever they can.
Not all plants that trap or kill animals are considered carnivorous. Some Aroid and Aristolochia species capture insects in their flowers to facilitate pollination. Carnivorous plants never use their flowers as traps.
Because this is nature, there are a lot of cases where it is unclear to us whether a plant is a true carnivore or just has some of the features of a carnivore.
Ibicella lutea, Proboscidea louisianica, and P. There are many other types of plants with some features of carnivorous plants where it is even more difficult to argue they are true carnivores. If these plants kill non-plants in an obvious, body present, way but do not derive significant nutrition from the victim, they are considered murderous plants.
Another plant that has generated a lot discussion about what it takes to be a carnivore is Roridula. Roridula rely on assassin bugs to perform the digestion of prey. The plant captures the prey.
The bugs suck out the juicy insides of the prey and defecate on the leaves. The plant absorbs the nutrients in the poop. If the assassin bugs are not present there is a fall-back for the plant but it is unclear how much this fall-back is used in the wild.
Bacteria in the gut and on the prey can digest the dead prey and Roridula leaves will absorb the nutrients released quite efficiently. Darlingtonia and some Nepenthes species have also lost the ability to digest prey themselves.
These species rely on bacteria and other organisms to make the nutrients in the prey available to themselves.
To put it unscientifically, why should a plant go through all the bother of digesting the prey itself when other organisms will do it for them? Or scientifically, if there is no selective advantage to expending the energy for digestion, mutations will accumulate eliminating digestion.
It should be obvious here we have carefully crafted our definition of carnivory to include these plants as carnivores and to exclude purely murderous plants.
If the plants or their story is sufficiently bizarre and their very closest relatives are definite carnivores, we may bend the "rules" a bit to allow them into the club.My carnivorous guy’s advice: try that meatless dish your beloved vegetarian just prepared – even if you’re feeling a little dubious.
Unless it’s “eggplant tofu bean sprout foo foo” (his exact words), it’s probably going to be worth the compromise. Comments from Supporters, This section contains letters from people all around the world who have seen my speeches online, as well as several students and educators who have seen my past presentations in person.
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