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Carnivorous Plants

  1. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig1,
  2. Heinz-Albert Becker2

Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003818

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How to Cite

Lönnig, W.-E. and Becker, H.-A. 2005. Carnivorous Plants. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

  2. 2

    Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

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Abstract

Carnivorous plants include some 500 plant species of various angiosperm orders and families that – by enormously different and ingenious trap mechanisms – catch small animals (mostly insects) and subsequently digest them.

Keywords:

  • carnivorous plants;
  • habitats;
  • trap structures;
  • evolution;
  • convergence;
  • modern synthesis;
  • irreducible complexity