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The Sundew

Some plants survive by growing fruits and flowers, others by blocking light to their competitors. The sundew, on the other hand, ditched photosynthesis as its exclusive power source. This carnivorous plant evolved tentacles tipped with glistening drops of mucus, making it appear positively soaked with morning dew. As Admiral Ackbar would say: it's a trap! Parched insects stop by the apparent oasis, only to get stuck in the plant's appendages. The sundew then slowly wraps the insect up, and digests its proteins. Give this plant a few more million years of evolution and we may be its next course.

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