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Ibicella lutea ( Martynia lutea, Proboscidea lutea, or 'Devil's claw') grows under dry to desert conditions. I. lutea is a naturalized weed in southern California with origins in South America, and produces short, sticky hairs over most of its aerial surfaces. It lacks other carnivorous adaptations such as the production of digestive enzymes, but it does capture and kill many insects, though the energetic cost of producing the hairs and slime is likely much more than any beneficial nutrients obtained from the dead insects. Because it doesn't produce the digestive enzyme, I. lutea cannot be considered a true carnivorous plant, but it can be considered protocarnivorous.

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