A carnivorous plant of the sundew genus uses two different types of mechanisms to trap animals, new research shows. Scientists in Germany studied the sundew Drosera glanduligera to understand how this plant uses a catapult mechanism to throw flies into its sticky leaf centre where digestive enzymes break down insects to extract nutrients essential for the plant’s development.
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