The tomato and potato are among 325 new species suspected of harbouring an appetite for flesh, including the potato, ornamental tobacco plants and petunia flowers.
But unlike the Venus Flytrap, they have no means of digesting their victims. Instead, they catch small insects in sticky hairs on their stems, wait for them to fall to the ground dead, and absorb the nutrients via their root system.
Kew’s head of genetics Dr Mike Fay said that the carnivorous ability of many species had gone unrecognised because they were missing many key characteristics associated with meat-eating plants.
He said: ‘Widely recognised carnivorous plants number some 650 and we estimate that another 325 or so are probable additions - so an increase of about 50 per cent.
So maybe even my veggies aren’t vegan. 8/