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Venus Flytraps

Classification
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Droseraceae
  • Genus: Dionaea
  • Species: muscipula
Fun Fact

Venus flytraps can live to be over 20 years old. 

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About Venus Flytraps

The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant who lures in prey with its bright red accents and sweet-smelling nectar. When an insect touches two or more of the sensory hairs inside of the flytrap, the clam-like leaves quickly clamp shut. The pointy teeth trap prey inside of the flytrap’s leaves and digestive enzymes begin to break down the food. Five to twelve days after catching and digesting its prey, the Venus flytrap reopens and waits for another victim.

Venus Flytraps in the Wild

Habitat

Venus flytraps grow in moist, nutrient-lacking soil and are most commonly found in the forest understory. The understory layer is just above the forest floor and below the canopy layer in the treetops. Venus flytraps love sunlight and thrive in high humidity.

Location

Venus flytraps are indigenous to North and South Carolina in the United States. More recently, they have been introduced in other states including New Jersey and Florida.

Diet

The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that feeds primarily on insects such as ants, flies, beetles and spiders, but is also capable of capturing small amphibians like frogs. Venus flytraps also get energy from the sun through photosynthesis. 

Population Status

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has evaluated the Venus flytrap as a vulnerable species. Deforestation, fire suppression and illegal collection all pose threats to the Venus flytrap population.