Science on the Cutting Edge


Carnivorous Vegetation: It was a special occasion in Surrey, England, in June as a rare plant prepared to bloom. The 3-foot-tall Puya chilensis, native to Chile, features neon-bright greenish-yellow flowers with blooms large enough to yield drinkable nectar, but its most startling distinction is its ability to nourish itself by trapping small animals in its razor-sharp spines, leaving them to decay. At Britain's Wisley Garden, it's fed with ordinary fertilizer rather than animals.

Other stories that might interest you

Florida Selfies

Spencer Toner, 79, was arrested for indecent …
No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment