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Subject: Are carnivorous plants heterotrophic or autotrophic ?

Date: Thu Jan 20 12:05:44 2000
Posted by Tony Padilla
Grade level: grad (non-science) School: none
City: Phoenix State/Province: AZ Country: USA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 948391544.Bt

Are carnivorous plants, specifically the Venus fly trap, heterotrophic or 
autotrophic?   I know that in the strict sense of the word, it seem that
they should be considered heterotrphic, because they eat.   
However they are also green, and their traps are called "leaves."  
So, that makes me think photosynthesis.  Can you help?

Re: Are carnivorous plants heterotrophic or autotrophic ?

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