OK...having just enjoyed a romp through the lively discussion (with a little game playing thrown in) going on over in the Quasi-Carn forum...I have a coupla questions.
Bear in mind I haven't read every CP book published nor am I a botanist, scientist, researcher or plant expert. So...I'm just asking...
What DOES determine a plant to be defined as "carnivorous"?
I read the "six qualifications" as being: 1) Attract 2) Retain 3) Trap 4) Kill 5) Digest 4) Absorb (ok...WHO came up with that criteria??)
Question 1: Is there any significant differenct between "retain" and "trap"...isn't that basically the same thing (even though it may be achieved in different ways...i.e....dew vs. flytrap)?
Question 2: Is there any significant difference between "digest" and "absorb"? In both cases there is some type of breaking down of the prey into nutrients which will then be used to the benefit of the plant.
Seems to me its only 4 criteria...Attract, Retain, Kill, Absorb. Ok, so I'm a simpleton. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
Question 3: What difference does it make if a plant uses an enzyme or bacteria to break down the prey...isn't the pertinent isse that it takes a separate living creature, ensnares it and breaks it down (whether by enzyme or bacteria) into useable nutrients?
Question 4: Because one plant may have more/stronger enzymes than another...does that make one plant more or less "carnivorous" than another one? Aren't both AS carnivorous because they are achieving the same end result regardlessof "strength" of enzyme?