Rare insectivorous plant found in Nelapattu, Nellore

Wildlife officials of Sullurpeta division spotted a rare insectivorous plant, Drosera Burmanni, on the tank bed of the famous Nelapattu bird sanctuary in SPSR Nellore district. The plant which is also called a carnivorous plant can catch and digest live prey (normally insects) to obtain nitrogen compounds that are lacking in its usual marshy habitat.

The plant is one of the fastest trapping sundews and its leaves can curl around an insect in a few seconds. Drocera Burmanni is considered a powerful rubefacient (reddening the skin) in Hindu medicine and used for producing some Ayurveda and Homeo medicines.

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