Week 10
Year 2016

This wacky rootless plant feasts off of small aquatic animals and insects. In 0.0005 seconds the unsuspecting prey doesn’t know what happened until it is trapped and being digested in a small bladder, or sac.[1] Bladderworts, also known as Utricularias, trap their victim by creating a suction cup of negative pressure. This spring-like trap action is accomplished by first pushing water out of the bladder. Then once one of its trigger hairs are touched, BOOM! Dinner is served.[2]

Do you know any fun facts or tips?


[1]: Pappas, Stephanie. "Carnivorous Plant Snaps Shut With 600 Gs." LiveScience. February 16, 2011. Accessed March 14, 2016.

[2]: "Utricularia - The Bladderwort." Botanical Society of America. Accessed March 14, 2016.