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Carnivorous plants return to San Francisco

May 7, 2010 7:45:25 PM PDT
They are beautiful and deceptive -- and deadly. Carnivorous plants have returned to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

There are Venus fly traps, including the B-52 with a trap 2-inches wide.

There are also pitcher plant hybrids that can grow 2-feet tall.

Then there is the bladder wart which looks like pond scum, but it can trap a bug, or even a small fish in 1/10,000 of a second.

They are fascinating to see and an educational look at our ecology. The plants' chemical reaction is also the basis of scientific research.

By the way, some of this is not for the squeamish, as we see a plant slowly digesting a cockroach.

The show, called "Chomp 2" is opening Friday and will be on display through Halloween.


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