Mon April 16, 2012 By:

If Venus Flytrap is a carnivore, then does it also perform Photosynthesis like the other common plants????

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Mon April 16, 2012
Yes. It does perform photosynthesis and fix CO2. It consumes insects largely as a source of nitrogen. Most plants get nitrogen from the soil. But venus fly traps live in places like the bogs where the soils are very poor in nitrogen and other nutrients. Most plants can't survive in this environment because they cannot make enough of the building blocks necessary for growth. The Venus Flytrap has evolved the ability to thrive in this unique ecological niche by finding an alternate means of getting key nutrients like nitrogen. The insects give them a supplemental nitrogen source. 
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