A Cerrado Plant uses underground leaves to capture and digest worms

By Karina Toledo

Agência FAPESP – At first glance, Philcoxia minensis, only about 20 centimeters in height, appears to be a delicate plant, with small purple flowers and thin branches. But, under the white sands of Serra do Espinhaço in Minas Gerais, it hides a secret: sticky leaves the size of the tip of a needle that attract, capture and digest unsuspecting worms.

Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, February 8th, 2012
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