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Killer Petunias!

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posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 10:19 AM

'Killer Petunias' Should Join the Ranks of Carnivorous Plants, Scientists Propose

Scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum believe that carnivorous behaviour in plants is far more widespread than previously thought, with many commonly grown plants -- such as petunias -- at least part way to being "meat eaters."


Plants like petunias and potatoes have sticky hairs that trap insects, and some species of campion have the common name catchfly for the same reason...

"Although a man-eating tree is fictional, many commonly grown plants may turn out to be cryptic carnivores, at least by absorbing through their roots the breakdown products of the animals that they ensnare. We may be surrounded by many more murderous plants than we think."

Considering the vegan movement, there's something ironic about this discovery.

[edit on 6-12-2009 by loam]


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