Vampire plant actually feeds on other plants

August 15, 2014 3:28 AM

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The parasitic Cuscuta pentagona punctures its victims, drains their nutrients and transports genetic communications.

The popular vampire craze has jumped from books and the big screen straight into the world of biology. The snake-like parasitic plant Cuscuta pentagona seduces and binds its leafy victims in a coiled grip, puncturing the stems and draining the life-giving nutrients, absorbing them into itself like t...

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