Sun, soil and sky – this is all most plants need to survive, yet carnivorous plants can thrive in inhospitable environments by luring, trapping, killing and digesting insects. Feast your eyes and sink your teeth into the free display on carnivorous plants at Plants with Bite at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 1 October 2018.
Curated by the Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Jimmy Turner, Plants with Bite tells the story of the captivating and bizarre world of carnivorous plants. As fascinating as they are horrifying, these plants are truly a miracle of evolution.
“Plants with Bite celebrates the weird and wonderful aspects of flora. Visitors can expect to get up close and learn about these unique plants and see the different types of traps carnivorous plants use to kill prey,” said Mr Turner.
Combining botany with hands-on activities, an augmented reality app, a Snapchat filter, a range of workshops and of course the display itself – made up of 25,000 plants, visitors of all ages and interests will fall in love with the Plants with Bite experience.
At this free floral display you’ll get to see the iconic Venus flytrap: an example of a ‘snap trap’. You can also observe the ‘pitfall’, ‘flypaper’, ‘lobster-pot’ and ‘bladder’ styles of traps. Combining botany with hands-on activities, Plants with Bite showcases these fascinating plants while bringing awareness to the ways in which many species are currently under threat due to habitat loss.
The Royal Botanic Garden