Over many years of evolution, nature has created some most bizarre and unusual plants that attract, eat and digest animals. Every person or at least I feel very rejuvenated when I spend time in the laps of nature. This kudos to one of the reasons why people and even I love to travel. However, nature at the same time can be dangerous too. In many Hollywood films, you must have seen plants killing humans. So, today I have decided to show you the animals and humans too, that fall prey to these plants.
Here is a list of most dangerous carnivorous plants that can eat animals and birds.
1. Dendrocnide Excela
The highlight of plant– Acid burning sensation will cause you while you touch
Dendrocnide Excela also known as Australian nettle tree, this plant is usually found in the bushes. There is a type of poison in small spikes on its leaves. Due to this plant, not only animals like dogs and horses, even humans will die and therefore is one of the most dangerous carnivorous plants. By touching the thorn in these leaves, an acid burning sensation is caused on the skin. Many people were admitted to the hospital after being affected by that plant.
2. Drosera Capensis
The highlight of plant– Catches Flies And Honeybees, Then Eats
The plants look an in octopus, Drosera capensis is also known as Cape sundew, as this plant is native to the Cape in South Africa. This plant is wholly non-vegetarian and is found in the sea. For the most part, they are spotted in New Zealand. Drosera will make flies and honey bees its prey whichever comes with its sticky tentacles. And it will eat those insects.
3. Nepenthes Attenboroughil
The highlight of plant– Grabs Insects, Rats, And Birds, Then Kills
Nepenthes, also known as tropical pitchers, are carnivorous plants native to tropical habitats in Australia, Asia, and Sri Lanka. These plants contain pitchers that start as small buds and contain self-produced liquid. Nepenthes Attenboroughil was a plant found in the year 2000, also known as Attenborough’s Pitcher Plant. Whether you see flower pot or you see these plants, completely same and non-vegetarian. The pot-shaped plant is filled like with the rainwater in the rainy season. Worms, rats, and birds will sit on it to drink that water.
When they will incline to drink that water within no time it will capture those creatures inside that it will make drown in that water completely and kill them. Finally, it will digest those animals slowly. Humans are safe from these plants as they are smaller in size!
4. Venus FlyTrap
The highlight of plant– A Terrifying Plant
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is known for its hinged, leafy “jaw” that snaps together to trap and consume unsuspecting insects. In the states of North Carolina and South Carolina of America, Venus Flytrap is mostly spotted which is a terrifying plant and resembles small structure with big bristles on edges. Once you will see the plant you will never forget its terrifying image from your mind.
The leaves of the plant are opened and grip some nectar in the middle seems like a water drop. The plant waits until its trap comes to that. If any insect is attracted towards its nectar part as soon as it comes and sits on its leaves. The leaves will make a cage as they close down. The carnivorous plants will only close after two or more hairs are touched within 20 seconds after the first movement.
Following, it will trigger small spikes in the body of that insect and this will release some acid through them.
Through the secretion of these acids, it helps in digestion of all those food items. Not only the insects, but these acids released by the plant can also digest even the body of the human. The way they catch insects, when they see them, anybody can get a goosebumps and at the same time a little bit scary too. Venus Flytrap is also strong enough to dissolve the human flesh also.
Watch the video of Venus Flytrap catching the prey.
5. Giant Hogweed
The highlight of plant– Causes Blindness
Giant Hogweed is scientifically known as Heracleum mantegazzianum. A strict warning to all those who are thinking to go near this harsh plant, it can cause scars, nasty blisters, and even blindness. Deadly plant, isn’t it?
6. Doll’s Eye Or White Baneberry
The highlight of plant– Poisonous to the highest degree.
Eastern North America, in eastern Canada, and the Midwestern and Eastern United States is the home to Doll’s Eye Or White Baneberry which is scientifically known as Actaea pachypoda. Doll’s eye has got get their name because of its shape. It holds white berry with black stigma in the middle and bunches of berries appear like eyes of devil dolls. A bizarre and picturesque look of this plant will make you fall in love with it.
But beware even if 1 percent of that fruit enters our stomach, it will immediately turn into the burning of mouth and throat, severe stomach cramps, salivation, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and hallucinations or what we call illusions. If within 24 hours of time, the person is not given the required treatment, then the person will die. Well, if you go eating whole the berry, there is a possibility that humans can die within a few minutes only and hence is amongst the most dangerous carnivorous plants. Cardiogenic toxins which this plant has can result in an immediate sedative effect on cardiac muscle tissue.
7. Death Camas
The highlight of plant– Poisonous at its peak.
Toxicoscordion Venenosum is the scientific name of Death camas which is highly poisonous or toxic. Right from stem to leaves, to flowers, and its onion-look alike bulbs, all the parts contain venomous alkaloid zygadenine. If you eat this plant in quantity, you will have to face drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased blood pressure, weakness and possibly a seizure or a coma.
The highlight of plant– Strangle Weed
The folk name of Cuscuta, also known as Dodder wine, is “strangleweed” because it blankets over itself around other plants and puts itself into its vascular system. Other popular names of Cuscuta are devil’s guts, devil’s hair, devil’s ringlet, and witch’s hair. According to scientists, however, Cuscuta can’t perform the process of photosynthesis as it’s without chlorophyll pigment. So, it contains a parasitic method of nutrition. It is entirely dependent on the host plant for its nutrition, which it climbs.
9. Angel’s Trumpet
The highlight of plant– Has Hallucinogenic Properties
Angel’s Trumpet, popularly known as Brugmansia, contains all its parts poisonous. The plant is deadly as it can cause paralysis, diarrhea, migraines, illusions or dreams, confusion, and death. Some people drink Brugmansia tea for their fantasy properties. However, the effects of Brugmansia are unpleasant, and it is almost impossible to determine that in how much quantity we should consume it. Still, there are people who love to grow these plants due to its medical benefits, but as per the saying of a doctor, pets should be kept away from plants, and wash your hands after handling cut stems.
10. Gympie Gympie Tree
The highlight of plant– Releases Poison
Gympie Gympie, also known as Dendrocnide Excelsa is the most painful tree. Its burning and painful hairs carry a powerful neurotoxin and severe sting from the tree can even be lethal for humans. By touching the plant, the joints are hurt, gets a burning sensation, and cause swelling under the armpits. If you are wounded by the Gympie Gympie tree, make sure you remove the hair or else they will continue to poison. As a result, this tree is regarded as one of the most dangerous carnivorous plants.
The highlight of plant– Traps Aquatic Creatures
Bladderwort also called as Utricularia. Its leaves beneath the water form a “bladder” that traps small aquatic organisms. They are found in freshwater and wet soil as terrestrial or aquatic species around every continent except Antarctica. The working mechanism of a bladder is just like a vacuum and it has incredibly sophisticated catching system. It can survive anywhere, usually in wet soils, but sometimes floats in water.
The highlight of plant- Sticky in nature
Pinguiculas, commonly called as butterworts, are carnivorous plants similar to drosera in that they produce dewy, sticky leaves to capture prey. These plants are known most for their bright, colorful blooms. Though the flowers usually last for a short period of time, they are often electric, beautiful shades of purple while they exist.
Like other carnivorous plants, pinguiculas live through two seasons. In their carnivorous season, the plants’ leaves grow sticky and dewy to catch prey. When the plants enter their winter season they grow quite dormant, similar to a succulent, and do not produce the sticky enzymes. These plants are common in nutrient-deficient places like bogs and sandy beaches. Nearly 200 different species of Drosera plants have been identified.
The highlight of plant- Make its prey fool
Like nepenthes, Sarracenias are pitcher plants, though they are primarily found in parts of the United States and Canada. Unlike many other carnivorous plants, sarracenia looks similar to normal flower species. For this reason, North American pitchers often fool their prey and often regarded as one of the most dangerous carnivorous plants for animals.
Near the end of summer, the sarracenia’s leaves turn a deep reddish-purple hue to attract flies. Once a fly enters the tall, hollow leaf, it quickly encounters a pool of water and is trapped.