Some Flowers Deliver More than Just Fragrance: Buds with a Bite

When someone first thinks of the word "flower," they think of vibrant colors, sweet fragrances, and delicate petals. These are the types of flowers or plants that are often sent by flower delivery services to celebrate a variety of occasions. But the world of nature is filled with surprises. One of these unexpected surprises is carnivorous flowers and plants. Carnivorous flowers and plants are known for eating insects. One of the most popular types of carnivorous plants is dionaea muscipula, more commonly known as the Venus flytrap. Other types of carnivorous flowers or plants include the sarracenia, nepenthes, and pinguicula.

     The Venus flytrap as well as other carnivorous plants are all found in areas where the soil is not very rich. They all use a trapping mechanism (although the mechanisms vary) and then produce digestive fluids in order to break down the insects. There are five different trapping mechanisms that are found within these carnivorous plants: bladder pots, lobster pots, pitfall, fly paper, and snap traps. The bladder pot trap works by sucking in a small insect and then having the trap triggered when the insect touches small hairs inside of the flower. The lobster pot works in the traditional sense of a lobster trap; it is easy for insects to enter the plant but very difficult to escape. Pitfall trapping mechanisms work by drawing the insect deep inside of the plant, then the nectar works as an agent to make the insect drowsy. When the insect becomes drowsy, it falls deeper inside of the plant, where it encounters slippery surfaces. Fly paper and snap traps are mechanisms that are similar to traps that humans use to catch pests. Fly paper is similar to glue traps used to catch bugs or small rodents, while snap traps are similar to traditional wooden mouse traps. All of these methods are effective in catching prey and enabling it to be digested by the plant. Once these insects are digested by the carnivorous plant or flower, the nutrients from the insect are able to be absorbed by the plant. Overall, there are around 630 different types of carnivorous plants or flowers that operate in a fashion that is similar to that of the Venus flytrap.

     Flower delivery services often specialize in sending beautiful and traditional flower bouquets and plants. This reflects the popularity of traditional flowers, although carnivorous plants and flowers do have their fair share of admirers due to their uniqueness. Because carnivorous flowers are very different from traditional flowers, they require much more maintenance than the typical houseplant. For those who send flowers online, it should be noted that a carnivorous plant or flower is not for everyone. They require specialized care that a person should be fully prepared for before making the decision to purchase one. Those who were born with a green thumb may adore the addition of a carnivorous plant to their collection, while someone who is less skilled with gardening and plant care may dread the idea of a bug-eating plant.

     Fortunately, there are many alternatives for those who send flowers online. For those with allergies, there are artificial flowers or dried flowers that may cause less of a reaction. Artificial flowers are also great because they give the illusion of fresh-cut flowers without any required maintenance. In any case, there are a wide variety of resources available for those who are interested in flowers and plants, whether carnivorous or traditional.