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    So my teacher mentioned in biology today that if carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap, were to grow in nutrient/nitrogen rich soil. It would still grow and live, but it wouldn't produce any traps. Because it would be getting the nutrients/nitrogen it needs in the nutrient and nitrogen rich soil. Therefore no need to produce traps and get nitrogen or nutrients from the insects that it would catch. So, is this true, false, or just don't know? Opinions please? Also it was funny cause right when i saw we were going to study carnivorous plants i knew that she would say some rumor or something false. She said "Now would we find any of these plants around here in this region? No they grow in tropical places like in Africa" (I live in Georgia) I was laughing on the inside and said "Actually the Venus Fly Trap only lives and is native to North Carolina" and she said "Oh really? Then it must be some other type of it" But haha i didn't say anything else. Knowing that there are only one type growing in the wild that aren't hybrids.

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    false, the roots are sensitive and the rich nutrients would burn and kill the plant.

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    It frustrates me your teacher is saying stuff like that to people. :P Giving false information...

    I think I agree with Heli, but you can never be too sure. I've seen flytraps growing in nutrient soil with large leaves and small traps, but never without any at all.

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    I think she was stating opinion and was a little misinformed. Rich, humusy loam will cause a number of CPs to grow deformed leaves. In severe cases, the roots from these plants will wither and die from fertilizer burn and they'll simply dehydrate and die. I've read that some drosera species cannot uptake nitrogen from the roots and must obtain it via its leaves. I think that your teacher tried to rationalize an answer on her own but missed the mark.
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    While it is obvious that your teacher is severely misinformed, let's just be thankful that, in this instance, it isn't about anything TOO important, or something that can readily negatively impact someones life.
    I'm sure everyone has heard plenty of much more dangerous misinformation in the past.

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    Maybe she means in evolutionary terms.... in which case she is probably right.
    (but doesn't sound that way)

    me dunno

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Maybe she means in evolutionary terms.... in which case she is probably right.
    (but doesn't sound that way)

    me dunno
    Haha i don't think so, she doesnt believe in evolution. She was just reading from the textbook, which of course now i know is wrong haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eou812 View Post
    Haha i don't think so, she doesnt believe in evolution. She was just reading from the textbook, which of course now i know is wrong haha.
    Does she teach you evolution?

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