Native Plant Trust


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Predatory Plants

Heterotrophic plants obtain nutrition through means other than photosynthesis. Learn about the surprising diversity of heterotrophs in New England, which comprise over 65 species among three modes of nutrition. True parasites such as dodder vines (Cuscuta), dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium), and members of the broom rape family (Orobanchaceae) tap nutrients directly from the roots and stems of host plants. Myco-heterotrophic plants are parasitic on fungal networks (ericaceous plants, orchids, and gentians). In contrast, carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants (Sarracenia), sundews (Drosera), bladderworts (Utricularia), and butterworts (Pinguicula) are not parasitic, but instead trap and consume insects to supplement nutrition. You will be able to observe these plants as herbarium specimens and at Garden in the Woods.

Date/time detailsSaturday, June 29, 2024, 12:30 - 3:30 PM
LocationGarden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Program codeBOT2317
Fee$51 (Members) / $60 (Nonmembers)
InstructorNeela de Zoysa
CertificateElective: Basic or Advanced, Botany