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January 23, 2016

Venus Flytraps Are Even Creepier Than We Thought

The fly is imprisoned but not dead.
It struggles, knocking the trigger hairs even further and sending off more electrical impulses, around one per minute. The third impulse raises the trap’s calcium levels even further, prompting it to produce a hormone called jasmonate. In many plants, jasmonate is a touch hormone, which is released by wounds and injuries and coordinates programs of defense and repair. In the Venus fly trap, jasmonate doubles as a carnivory hormone. It primes the gland cells in the trap to start making digestive enzymes, which they finally do once they detect a fifth electrical impulse. - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 23, 2016 9:29 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Looks like Caitlin on a good night.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2016 1:12 PM

The American variant is called the Penus Flytrap, (developed by the haughty culturist William Clinton), which jams men's pants' zippers before eating the metal components and nearby fauna.

This is the main reason that the new fashion for men in America is skirts.

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 27, 2016 8:26 PM

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