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    Cool, but I don't think it should be called carnivorous. It sounds more like a positive side effect of killing pests and the goal is to kill, not to eat.

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    Agreed! Also impossible to prove! My personal opinion is it's going to be a defence factor and nothing else.

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    lol I was just being silly. I have a number of books from Kew Publications, orchid books by Philip Cribb, the Taylor Utricularia book and so on.

    I just think it's a bit of stretch comparing apples to oranges or in this case Nepenthes to Tomatoes. I can respect the idea that the hairs may indeed be there to stop/trap very small insects but to say that the bug trapped in the hairs and then eventually (if ever) falling to the ground and rotting in the soil is the same as an actual carnivorous trap is a little goofy to me. For one there are no digestive enzymes, just natural decay in the soil.
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    I read that article a few days ago...God, how sad! Now every plant that has hairs or kills stuff with poison is carnivorous. This is more of an insult than something cool to talk about, IMHO.

    In order to be carnivorous, the plant has to produce enzymes to digest the prey. This does not mean 'Let the prey be washed off and fall to the ground, then decompose over the course of a few days, then be absorbed by the roots of the plant a few weeks later....otherwise we could say that Ibicella is just as carnivorous as a VFT or another carnivore.
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    Would apple trees absorbing the nutrients of their own fallen rotting apples be cannibals?

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    Maybe the ICPS could start a petition that this reclassification is preposterous and uses the term carnivorous in the broadest sense possible. By extension of the theory every plant that grows in soil is a possible "carnivore". Of course according to the persons in the book Orchid Fever it seems to be Kew who holds all the botanical aces (and authorities) at their beck and call so it's rather like trying to fight the Monarchy.

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