The Longleaf pine savannah habitats are beautiful to look at, but there are big things happening on a small level. We’re talking carnivorous plants.
In this kind of environment, there’s lots of grass and a few trees. And these kinds of environments host more rare species than any other habitat in Louisana. And they’re basically the most diverse habitat in North America. So that means there’s gotta be something different going on right? Right.
Here’s a break down of a few of these plants that literally eat bugs.
Yellow Pitcher Plant
Okay, so this isn’t like a Venus Flytrap. The walls don’t close in suddenly. It’s more sneaky and passive than that. The insect craws or lands on the lip of the pitcher to get the nectar. And then, they usually notice how much more nectar is inside. So they start to crawl down to try to get some of the nectar from the bottom, but they usually fall. And then the plant does its thing to start the digestive process.
Parrot Pitcher Plant
This one is similar to the Yellow Pitcher Plant, but it works more like a crab trap. The insects get attracted to the nectar and want to go inside. Then the top, which looks a little like a parrot’s beak, closes and they’re trapped.
This one is very sticky. It looks like it’s full of little dew drops. So the insect tries to get at the dew drops by landing on it or crawling onto it, but then they get stuck. The more they fight it, the more they get stuck. Think quicksand, but tiny, sticky plant hairs. Then, the leaf curls up to trap the insect.
So, it’s a great place for a hike and to just be outdoors. But make sure you’re wearing some good shoes, or you could be the next meal.