Baghmara Pitcher Plant Wildlife Sanctuary (Reserve Forest)
Baghmara wildlife sanctuary, Baghmara is a perfect destination for a great time. Many of the picher plant can be seen in Baghmara Pitcher Plant Wildlife Sanctuaries in their Natural Habitat.
Pitcher plants are several different carnivorous plants which have modified leaves known as pitfall traps-a prey-trapping mechanism featuring a deep cavity filled with digestive fluid liquid. The traps of what we consider to be “true” pitcher plants are created from modified leaves; however they are not simply folded into a tube, and the process is far more complicated.
Foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The rim of the pitcher (peristome) is slippery, when moistened by condensation or nectar, causing insects to fall into the trap. Pitcher plants may also contain waxy scales, protruding aldehyde crystals, cuticular folds, inward and downward pointing (retrorse) hairs, or guard-cell-originating lunate cells on the inside of the pitcher to ensure that insects cannot climb out. The small bodies of liquid contained within the pitcher traps are called phytotelmata. They drown the insect, and the body of it is gradually dissolved. This may occur by bacterial action (the bacteria being washed into the pitcher by rainfall) or by enzymes secreted by the plant itself. Furthermore, some pitcher plants contain mutualistic insect larvae, which feed on trapped prey, and whose excreta the plant absorbs.
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