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    just out of curiosity... For VFTs, when the insects get inside the trap, the trap closes and uses its digestive liquid to feed off of the insects.. how do Sundews do it? I understand insects get stuck onto the sundews but what happens next? Do the leaves of the sundews curl up ?

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    Basically, a hapless critter touches the sticky surface and can't get free. Some sundews have their leaves react to the struggle and curl over the vicitm. Enzymes break down what the plant needs, leaving and exoskeleton.

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    hehe ok gotcha thanks.

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    lol that's basically the summary without the long-disgusting version about how the insect suffocates and dies a slow death while slowly being digested alive...mother nature is too demented [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Yes some sundew leaves do curl up - like D.capensis. Reaction times can be different, I think D.burmannii is one of the fastest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]mother nature is too demented
    I could be mother nature.
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    ok gotcha, so just some sundews curl up...

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    The last and most important part of the process and the one that truely defines plant carnivory is the absorbtion of the nutrients. In Drosera (sundews), the same glands that exude the digestive fluids also absorb the products of that digestion. It is a true carnivorous plant vs Byblis or Drosophyllum. Members of these genera lack this ability and must rely on symbiotic life forms to make the nutrients available to the plant.
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    Tamlin nice to hear from ya.

    jlui83, How are the plants doing? They all adjust alright?
    I always suspect everything could be a trap... thats why I'm still alive
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