Can Some Plant Tendrils be "Carnivorous"?

Bill Angel wtangel at
Tue Sep 16 21:19:57 EST 2003


  I recently took some pictures that suggest that some plant tendrils
might serve some purpose besides helping to anchor the plant. The pictures
can be viewed at:

>From the images shown, my impression is that the plant tendil might actually
be drawing nourishment from the carcass of an insect that it had "captured".

I thought that this issue might be of interest to someone involved in
science education. I have additional images of the plant's other features
(leaves, flowers, etc) which would help in identification of the plant
species, and would supply them via email upon request.


  Bill Angel
  Silver Spring, Maryland
  wtangel at

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