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A Deadly Plant With A Precarious Perch

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The pitcher plant lures in prey with sweet, dripping nectar. Once the insects land on the lip of the bowl-like plant, they slip inside. The insects will drown and die in the rainwater and digestive acid mix, and will be digested by the plant.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A white-collared pitcher plant lures insects into its center with a sweet nectar. 00:31

  2. A pitcher plant is filled with a fatal mix of rain water and digestive acid. 00:50

  3. Pitcher plants have slippery lips that help capture insects for them to digest. 01:43