Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap)
Dionaea muscipula (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)
Dionaea muscipula J.Ellis
Vulnerable (VU) according to IUCN Red List criteria. Listed in Appendix II of CITES.
Bogs and pine barrens.
Carnivorous - insects and other small bugs beware!
About this species
The Venus flytrap is a miracle of nature. People do not think of plants moving, but the Venus flytrap can catch insects with its toothed modified leaves that snap shut when triggered by prey touching the tiny hairs on the inner leaf surface. Kew’s Director Joseph Hooker and Charles Darwin shared a keen interest in carnivorous plants. Darwin even described the Venus flytrap as 'one of the most wonderful plants in the world'.
Dionaea sensitiva Salisb., Dionaea corymbosa Raf., Dionaea sessiliflora Raf., Dionaea uniflora Raf., Drosera sessiliflora Raf., Drosera uniflora Raf.