Science: Plant Bites Animal

The only trouble with Sunday supplement folk tales about deadly trees and monstrous flowers which trap, devour and digest human beings is that they are as untrue as they sound. But it is true that the plant kingdom takes a mild, sporadic revenge on the plant-eating animal kingdom by arranging for certain plants to trap, devour and digest insects, worms, larvae, tiny fish, Crustacea—even birds, mice, frogs. Last week Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History published a booklet, Carnivorous Plants, by Botanist Sophia Prior, describing these plants and their predatory procedures.

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