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  • A protocarnivorous plant (sometimes also paracarnivorous, subcarnivorous, or borderline carnivore), according to some definitions, traps and kills insects or animals but lacks the ability to either directly digest or absorb nutrients from its prey like a carnivorous plant. The morphological adaptations such as sticky trichomes or pitfall traps of protocarnivorous plants parallel the trap structures of confirmed carnivorous plants.

    Some authors prefer the term "protocarnivorous" because it implies that these plants are on the evolutionary path to true carnivory, while others oppose the term for the very same reason.

    January 24, 2008