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Plant Adaptations and Structural Modifications

Using a Venus Flytrap as my subject please explain and give tips how this can be accomplished or is this a good plant to select? Thanks.

Assignment: Do some research to find an angiosperm that has modified leaves, stems, roots or flowers that do not function in the normal manner, or that function in an unusual manner. Example: A California Barrel Cactus has spines in place of leaves to reduce water loss.

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I think using the Venus fly trap is a good one to use. One adaptation it has, as you know, is that it is a carnivore in addition to making its own food. Usually they grow in sandy soil that is lacking in minerals (specifically nitrogen poor soils), so they eat the insects in order to supplement their diet. They are prevalent in coastal plain areas where soil is nutrient-poor and very wet, so the nutrients that are there are washed away easily. Insects = necessary nutrients.

Another adaptation you could discuss is that the leaves are also modified, as they have trigger hairs on them that are stimulated by potential victims and also contain sweet-smelling ...

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Explains how VFT is adapted to its environment.

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