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Actual botany is not like this. Rank Organisation/Allied Artists

The strange world of the carnivorous plant

Ever since their discovery, carnivorous plants have fascinated scientists and spurred the imagination of artists, writers and filmmakers. While the Puya chilensis cactus at the Royal Horticultural Society…
The Venus Flytrap’s snap trap is one of five ways meat-eating plants catch their dinner. Natalie McNear

Death traps: how carnivorous plants catch their prey

A new species of meat-eating plant was identified in Japan last month - but it is only one of more than 600 species of carnivorous plant around the world. From busy Japanese prefectures to the lush jungles…
“If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Research shows that plants spread news of trouble. Flickr/Peter Nijenhuls

Heard it on the grapevine: the mysterious chatter of plants

Sound and its use in communication have shaped the ecology, evolution, behaviour, and ultimately the success of many animal species. But are animals the only lifeforms to communicate with sound? Do plants…

Distance no barrier for symbiotic species

Species that are mutually dependent on each other can, in some cases, become separated and reconnect again over distances…

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