Learning about Rainforests

Carniverous Plants


Some plants are adapted to obtain nutrients from animal matter. The best known of these is probably the Venus fly trap, but more impressive is the pitcher plant Nepenthes rafflesiana, found in southeast Asia. This plant grows to 30 feet tall and may have pitchers 12 inches in length, usually crammed full of digested insects.

Pitcher plants also eat small mammals and reptiles that attempt to steal the insects from the pitcher.

Bromeliads Buttress Roots Carniverous Plants
Epiphytes Lianas Orchids
Saprophytes Stilt/Prop Roots Strangler Fig