is a butterwort?
Butterworts (Latin: Pinguicula)
are carnivorous plants which are able to use insects as food source
beside the uptake of nutrients by roots. With the help of sticky traps
the plants can "catch" insects. The traps consist of hair with mucous
glands at the end that secrete sticky substances (mostly sugar). Beside
the hairy glands there a sessile glands on top of the leaves which
secrete enzymes that "digest" the preys (works like in a human
stomach). The glittering secretions of the glands and the mushroom-like
odour are mostly responsible for the attraction of prey. In botanical
terms butterworts belong to the plant family of Lentibulariaceae.Within
this family there are other genus with insectivorous capabilities. The
name Pinguicula is derived from the Latin word pinguis,
literally meaning "small and fat one".
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