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White-topped Pitcher Plant Key Terms

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carnivorous
An organism is described as carnivorous if it receives most or all of its nutrients from animal tissue.
endemic
Regularly found in or restricted to a certain area.
inquiline
An animal that lives with or in another species without particularly helping or hurting its host organism.
protease
An enzyme which allows pitcher plants to digest organisms decaying in their pitchers.
peristome
The opening to an organ or structure. In pitcher plants, the peristome produces nectar and a waxy surface used to first attract insects and then cause them to fall further into the pitcher.
acidic
A low pH value. Acidic soil is often low in nutrients, allowing pitcher plants to gain an advantage since they can extract nutrients from their insect prey.
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