Fastest carnivorous plant in the country
An interesting and peculiar plant you might come across in the Kent countryside is an aquatic plant which is found mainly in ditches and edges of water bodies – the bladderwort.
The name of this plant comes from the small bladder-like sacs submerged in the water on the plant which trap invertebrates like water fleas and that is how they get their nourishment. The bladders have a trapdoor and they create a vacuum and there are bristles on the end, which triggers the trapdoor to open and suck the organism in. This mechanism of catching their prey has dubbed them the fastest carnivorous plant in the UK. Scientists have worked out the trapping of the invertebrates is 100 times faster than the Venus fly trap.
The plants do not flower every year and so populations can be undetected for years
The peculiar bladderwort