Carnivorous Plants


                                         Image used with permission of Jeremiah Harris of the Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society (CCPS).

Carnirvorous plants perform little to no photosynthesis, instead, they rely on other methods to obtain the nutrients necessary to sustain themselves. While most of us have heard of the Venus Fly Trap, there are many different varieties of carnivorous plants. 

sundew plant

Some methods employed by these plants include:

  •   Pitfall traps 
  •   Flypaper 
  •   Snap traps
  •   Suction traps
  •   Lobster-pot

                                                                                               Image used with permission of Jeremiah Harris of the CCPS.

Use the links below to research these various methods. 

Part I. Choose one method of plant carnivore and describe, in a well written essay of 300-500 words: A) how it feeds, B) what is looks like, and C) why you think it is either the best, the most horrific, or most intriguing.                        

Carnivorous Plants                    Carnivorous Plants & The Fast-Moving Sensitive Plant

Venus Fly Trap in Action                                 International Carnivorous Plant Society

Types of Carnivorous Plants                            Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society

Map of Life: Carnivorous Plants                        Carnivorous Plants and Their Prey, Pollinators,  and Peculiar Partners

Part 2: Make up your own alternative method a plant could employ in carnivory. In a well written essay of 400-600 words, describe the technique. You must explain: 1)   in what type of environment it would live, 2) what it would consume, 3) how it would feed (ensnare and digest), and 4) what it would look like. If you choose you can sketch what such a plant would look like.

Rubric for grading:

20 points for description of real carnivorous plant (10 points for including details on mechanisms it uses to each, 5 for explaining why you chose that plant, 5 for spelling/grammar/punctuation/citations)

    No points will be given for a plagiarized paper or a paper that is less than 90% original writing.

20 points for your made up plant (7 for originality and creativity; 7 for description of believeable eating mechanism; 6 for spelling/grammar/punctuation)

Link for APA citations to credit your sources                        Link for video on Plagiarism and how to avoid it.

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