from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of dicotyledonous choripetalous plants, characterized by scapose flowers and basal leaves which secrete a viscid liquor and are often greatly modified for the entrapping of insects. It embraces the three families Sarraceniaceæ, Nepenthaceæ, and Droseraceæ, to which most insectivorous plants belong.

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  • n. plants that are variously modified to serve as insect traps: families Sarraceniaceae; Nepenthaceae; Droseraceae


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