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Drosera Capensis
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Commonly known as the cape sundew, drosera capensis is a carnivorous plant native to Cape province in South Africa.

The upper surface of the leaves is covered in sticky, gland-tipped plant hairs that trap and consume insects and other small prey in dramatic fashion.

There are between 600 and 750 carnivorous plants that we know of so far, and recently published research discovered that the gene’s responsible for this bloodthirsty botanical bedlam are found in non-carnivorus plants as well.

Why only certain plants went carnivore might never be known, but in the end all plants nourish themselves with organic material – AKA dead plants, animals and waste.

Maybe that’s the answer to that age old question: Why are we here?

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