Overhead view of a Venus Flytrap with a flower stalk forming.
Dionaea muscipula Venus Flytrap flower stalk.
Close up of interior trigger hairs of a Venus Flytrap.
Group of adult and young Dionaea muscipula Venus Flytrap Plants
Close up of young Venus Flytraps

Venus Flytrap - Dionaea muscipula - Typical

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Venus Flytrap - Dionaea muscipula  

'Typical'

The Venus Flytrap is the most recognizable carnivorous plant in the world! While it now grows naturally in many states and countries, Venus Flytraps originated in the bogs and coastal swamps of Wilmington, NC. One of the most exciting features of the Venus Flytrap is it’s trapping mechanism. Once the interior hairs, or triggers, of the trap have been disturbed by prey. The two lobe shaped leaves of the Venus Flytrap will close shut due to an expansion in the exterior cells of the leaves themselves. This incredible evolution has allowed the Venus Flytrap to catch prey and acquire nutrients in an otherwise nutrient deprived environment. This being said, these plants are still photosynthetic and will require long periods of bright lighting to grow properly and digest prey.