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Image Gallery: Carnivorous Plants

Crunch!

Bladderwort

(Image credit: Carmen Weißkopf)

The trap of the aquatic bladderwort plant Utricularia vulgaris closes 100 times faster than a Venus Flytrap, according to a 2011 study by Philippe Marmottant and colleagues. The traps are just a few millimeters long, but generate a suction force 600 times that of gravity, trapping tiny aquatic crustaceans and other unlucky prey.