3. Vitally vegetal

The snapping shut of a Venus flytrap leaf in 100 milliseconds certainly clashes with the view of plants as inanimate. Its rapid movement led Charles Darwin to call the plant “one of the most wonderful in the world.”

The usual connection between plants and animals in the food chain is also inverted by hundreds of other species of (generally more passive) carnivorous plants. But carnivorous plants are not the only examples of vegetation capable of rather unplantlike things.

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