Form follows function: morphological diversification and alternative trapping strategies in carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants.

@article{Bauer2012FormFF,
  title={Form follows function: morphological diversification and alternative trapping strategies in carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants.},
  author={Ulrike Bauer and Christofer J Clemente and Tanya Renner and Walter Federle},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={25 1},
  pages={90-102}
}
Carnivorous plants of the genus Nepenthes have evolved a striking diversity of pitcher traps that rely on specialized slippery surfaces for prey capture. With a comparative study of trap morphology, we show that Nepenthes pitcher plants have evolved specific adaptations for the use of either one of two distinct trapping mechanisms: slippery wax crystals on the inner pitcher wall and 'insect aquaplaning' on the wet upper rim (peristome). Species without wax crystals had wider peristomes with a… CONTINUE READING
Recent Discussions
This paper has been referenced on Twitter 7 times over the past 90 days. VIEW TWEETS

From This Paper

Topics from this paper.

Citations

Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 11 extracted citations

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…