The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Florida waterscapes in 2003

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A botanical carnivore:
While my fellow humans were in alligator-thrall, my attention was drawn to this lovely aquatic stand of Utricularia foliosa waving in the gently flowing water. In the words of Steve Irwin, "Look at the SIZE of those PLANTS! Wow! They look REALLY MAD! What would happen if I POKED them with a STICK!? To tiny aquatic organisms, THESE plants are REALLY DANGEROUS!"

For scale, the width of this picture spans a distance of around 4.5 meters (15 feet). These are large carnivorous plants. And they're REALLY MAD!!!

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