Rare plant turns carnivorous when it is low on a key nutrient

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The West African liana Triphyophyllum peltatum tin turn typical leaves that trap insects, but we now cognize it only does this erstwhile nan ungraded is lacking successful phosphorus

By Ryan Truscott

Sticky glands connected leaves of nan liana Triphyophyllum peltatum that look erstwhile nan works turns carnivorous

Traud Winkelmann/Leibniz University Hannover

A uncommon type of climbing vine from West Africa tin move into a carnivore erstwhile it doesn’t get capable nutrition from nan soil.

The liana Triphyophyllum peltatum grows successful moist, forested hillsides successful coastal regions of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.

While immoderate plants are afloat carnivorous, T. peltatum is nan only 1 known to beryllium a part-time carnivore. It tin unfurl typical leaves pinch glands oozing sticky droplets that trap beetles …

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