The Discovery of a New Carnivorous Plant
Dr. Peter Fritsch, Curator, Department of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences, describes how over the period of 10 years he and colleagues discovered the first carnivorous plant species known to trap and digest worms underground using adhesive leaves. This species, Philcoxia minensis, is part of the family Plantaginaceae, which is not believed to be otherwise carnivorous at all. Collaborators included Caio Pereira, Daniela Almenara, Carlos Winter, Hans Lambers, Rafael Oliveira, Frank Almeda, Angela Martins, Gary Williams, and Fabeinne Audebert.
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