Biologists from University of Guelph have recently discovered a meat-eating plant in Ontario’s Algonquin Park wetlands.
The group’s latest findings were published this week in the journal Ecology. While plants eating insects and spiders aren’t something new, this is first time researchers came across a plant in North America that eats vertebrates.
The group began the research after back in 2017, then undergraduate student Teskey Baldwin who is also a co-author of the paper, found a salamander trapped inside a pitcher plant. While studying the pitcher around the area, earlier last year the group found that almost one in five pitchers contained a salamander while several of the plants contained more than one salamander.
Similar plants were discovered back in eighteenth century. However, most of these species can be found in Asia and they are known for consuming insects and spiders along with small birds.