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Carnivorous plant Sundew

16 Apr 2014

Colour isn’t key for carnivorous plants

The widespread belief that carnivorous plants are brightly coloured to attract prey could be wrong, according to the latest research published by Loughborough's scientists.

Many carnivorous plants are bright red in colour, which is widely hypothesized to attract prey or provide camouflage. But a new study, published today in Royal Society journal Biology Letters, monitored capture rates of natural and artificial carnivorous species Drosera rotundifolia (commonly known as Sundew) and found the colour of the plant made little difference. 

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