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Internet Discovers That A Phallic-Looking “Penis Flytrap” Exists In Remote Forests

A name like ‘Penis Flytrap’ is definitely bound to raise some eyebrows, especially if it is claimed to be the name given to an actual predatory plant. As is the norm for anything absurd coming to light, a picture of the plant randomly appeared on the internet and was traced back to its source to determine the authenticity of the object in question. Clinton Morse from the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology of the University of Connecticut verified the existence of this impolite plant, as he confirmed in an email that it is, in fact, of the Nepenthes or Pitcher Plant family.

As the name suggests, it is a play on the name of the more common (and assuredly real) Venus Flytrap and the name is not where the similarity ends. Just like the Venus Flytrap, this plant also sustains itself by feeding on trapped insects & small rodents. Despite it's vehemently aggressive appearance, these type of plants are usually known to attract their prey using a system of passive attraction; nectaries are present close to the opening of the ‘lid’ of the plant which send out strong smells & signals for the insects nearby.

 The insects that have landed on the plant lose their footing due to the waxy & smooth nature of the surface and are trapped in the fluid present deep in the plant, with the steep walls preventing their escape. The fluid present in the plant is synthesized by the plant itself & is syrupy in nature. It is a highly effective trapping mechanism, especially for winged insects. 

The ‘Penis Flytrap’ can grow up to a height of 4m (talk about setting unrealistic expectations), due its nature being similar to a vine as well. It is usually found at an elevation of 800-2000m in mossy places, such as under rocks and at the base of trees. They are usually very brightly coloured near the ‘lid’, to attract the insects. The bizarre appearance of the plant can be credited to this very ‘lid’. Carl Linnaeus spoke of the Nepenthes genus as an “admirable work of the Creator”; but at this point are we sure that the Creator even wants any credit for having created such a...uniquely artistic plant? Maybe this is just nature’s way of sending nudes & maybe evolution has taken a turn that we, as a species, just couldn’t anticipate.
Internet Discovers That A Phallic-Looking “Penis Flytrap” Exists In Remote Forests Internet Discovers That A Phallic-Looking “Penis Flytrap” Exists In Remote Forests Reviewed by Tim on April 09, 2019 Rating: 5

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  1. I live in Capetown, and almost everyone in my locality likes to call the professional pest exterminators to get rid of rodents, bugs, insects, and termites, so it helps to curb ill-health in the surburb and builds a safe environment for kids.


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