Carnivorous Collection

Carnivorous plants offer another extraordinary example of Convergent Evolution.  Most carnivorous species live in nitrogen deficient swamps, making nutrient uptake from soil difficult.  Amazingly, over millions of years, several plant families have developed “meat-eating” strategies in order to survive in their habitats.  Carnivorous plants demonstrate how given similar environmental pressures, evolutionary mechanisms will favor similar morphological and physiological patterns in genetically unrelated species.