Dig Deeper into the World of Carnivorous Plants

Trapped Interactive Map

Using online digital resources, learn more about the exciting world of carnivorous plants. Click on the beacons below to explore the different species and watch videos to enrich your visit.

About the sculptor:

A self-taught blacksmith and artisan, Rick Sgrillo’s sculptural work can be found decorating the landscape throughout Florida, including Walt Disney World Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, and many commercial buildings and private homes. Rick spent many hours in the high school metal shop, receiving an industrial arts award at graduation then, perfecting his craft as the owner of Renaissance Iron. The natural world served as the inspiration behind the creation of these whimsical and fantastical carnivorous sculptures.

About the Show

Charles Darwin studied these curious plants in the late 1800s and the classification of carnivorous plants includes at least 583 species that attract, trap, and kill prey. Explore the world of carnivorous plants with larger-than-life sculptures created by Central Florida artist Rick Sgrillo and a living display of pitcher plants, sundews, and more in the Wild Garden.

Did you know?

The insectivorous (carnivorous) plants are representatives of the Kingdom Plantae, the Division Magnoliophta, are located in both Classes Magnoliopsida and Liliopsida, span 6 Orders, 9 Families, and 595 species. Carnivorous plants have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs. Charles Darwin wrote Insectivorous Plants, the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants, in 1875.

Five basic trapping mechanisms are found in carnivorous plants
1. Pitfall traps (pitcher plants) trap prey in a rolled leaf that contains a pool of digestive enzymes or bacteria.
2. Flypaper traps use a sticky mucilage.
3. Snap traps utilize rapid leaf movements.
4. Bladder traps suck in prey with a bladder that generates an internal vacuum.
5. Lobster traps, also known as eel traps, force prey to move towards a digestive organ with inward-pointing hairs.