With its sticky, translucent tentacles, the Drosera capensis, or Cape sundew, looks more like something you’d expect to see growing on the surface of an alien planet than on a sunny windowsill in the suburbs. But, according to plant expert Peter D’Amato, they’re actually among the easiest carnivorous plants to grow.
Indigenous to South Africa, the Cape sundew is a favorite of carnivorous plant aficionados the world over. Not only do they grow year-round and thrive in a variety of climates, but they “hunt” their prey in a pretty spectacular manner. In the video above, watch up close as one Cape sundew plant uses its tentacles to trap and entomb an insect. Simultaneously fascinating and unsettling, the Cape sundew is just one of the many amazing carnivorous plants out there. Check out more beautiful-but-deadly carnivorous plants on the YouTube channel Carnivorous Corner.
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