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AN INTERESTING PLANT: THE BLADDERWORTH
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The bladderwort uses traps in the shape of sacs for hunting. Exceedingly touch-sensitive hairs are located on these traps (shown above). This plant's special mechanism is just one of the countless signs leading to faith placed in nature by God.

How can a living thing feed itself if it has no legs but is a carnivore? We can find the best answer to this question in the bladderwort plant.

The bladderwort, or Utricularia, is a water plant that has three secretor glands in its sac-like traps. The first of these, the spherical secretor glands, are on the traps' external face, while the other two types (the "four-armed glands" and "two-armed glands") are found on the traps' internal faces. These glands function as the different stages of a most fascinating trap. First of all, the glands on the internal face go into action when their tiny hairs pump water out of the bladderwort, thereby creating a vacuum within the plant.

The section of the bladderworth and functioning of the trap: The prey touches the hairs of the trap(1) the trap opens immediately and the prey enters inside (2), the gate closes behind the prey (3).

At its mouth is a valve that prevents any sea water from re-entering. The hairs on this valve are very touch-sensitive. If an insect or another organism in the water touches them, the valve suddenly opens and causes a powerful water current to rush into the empty bladder. The valve then closes before the victim knows what is happening. The whole process takes place in about one-thousandth of a second, and immediately afterwards the glands begin to secrete substances to digest the trapped prey.

Every bladderwort possesses this same perfect design and the same internal glands, and the hairs on the valves all have the same sensitivity to touch. So how did this mechanism come into being? How did it happen that all members of this species of water plant have exactly the same features?

Evolutionists assert that such features are all the result of coincidence. Yet this design actually points to one single truth: Living things emerged all at once, in full possession of all of their features. Only Almighty God could create all living things as we see them today.

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