You have heard about several insectivorous plants that feed on insects.

Question:

You have heard about several insectivorous plants that feed on insects. Nepenthes or the pitcher plant is one such example, which usually grows in shallow water or marshlands. What part of the plant is modified into a ‘pitcher’? How does this modification help the plant for food even though it can photosynthesize like any other green plant?

Solution:

The pitcher plant can’t photosynthesize like other green plants so it gets its food from the insects as these insects are a good source of Nitrogen for the insectivorous plants.

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