The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) would like to introduce our
newest exhibit –
a Native Carnivorous
Bog Garden.
The garden displays four of Long Island’s native carnivorous plants - the Purple Pitcher Plant, Thread-leaf Sundew, Spoon-leaf Sundew, and the Round-leaf Sundew. These insect eating plants thrive in shallow water bogs. The peat they are rooted in is nutrient poor and they have adapted by getting nutrition from the insects they “digest”. They have specialized traps to lure in their prey and subsequently release digestive enzymes to break down the capture.  The purple pitcher plant has pitchers that hold water to attract insects. Once in the pitcher, the bug is unable to crawl out due to downward facing “hairs” along the top of the pitcher. The Sundews attract their prey with dew on tentacles along their leaves. Once caught, digestive enzymes quickly break down the insect. Along with the garden, there are displays of non-native carnivorous plants from around the United States. The most commonly known carnivorous plant is the Venus Fly Trap, native to the Carolinas. It is also out for viewing. Come see the museum’s newest exhibit and explore the world of plants that consume animals.

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