ULTRAVIOLET PATTERNS IN THE TRAPS OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

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Summary

A survey of u.v. patterns in the traps of carnivorous plants reveals that, similar to many flowers, certain traps show conspicuous u.v. patterns. These patterns are based on both u.v.-absorption by the plant surface itself and u.v.-absorption by nectar or pools of the digestive secretion. The results are discussed with respect to the possibility that u.v. patterns may attract prey to certain carnivorous plants.

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