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Dionaea Muscipula, Venus flytraps are the most popular carnivorous plant in the world. Charles Darwin famously described the plant as “one of the most wonderful in the world.” It has a very limited native range, growing only in the coastal bogs of North and South Carolina.
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Key Facts & Information
SIZE and APPEARANCE
- A Venus flytrap grows from a bulblike rootstock, bearing a group of small white flowers at the tip of a stem that is 8–12 inches long.
- The leaves are 3–6 inches long with blades hinged along the midline so that the two nearly circular lobes, with spiny teeth along their margins, can fold together and enclose an insect that lands on them.
HABITAT and DIET
- The only member of its genus, it is native to a small region of North and South Carolina, where it is common in damp, mossy areas.
- Venus flytraps rely on nitrogen-rich animal protein to enable their survival in poor soil conditions.
- The Venus flytrap’s primary prey are ants, but it will also eat flies, beetles, slugs, spiders and even tiny frogs.
- When the flytrap’s “mouth” is closed, it is airtight. That helps keep out bacteria.
- There are three stages of a Venus flytrap’s feeding:
- As soon as a fly lands, sensory hairs, called trichomes, on the inside of the petals count the movements from the insect. There must be at least two movements in 20 seconds or the petals won’t close.
- The plant then closes its jaws by snapping from a convex to a concave shape. The bristles on the edges of the leaves prevents the insect from escaping.
- The plant then starts to digest the insect using digestive juices. After five to 12 days, the plant will reopen and the parts of the bug that couldn’t be digested fall out.
- The trap on the plant has a limited number of lives. After each capture, the trap of the plant remains closed for up to 10 days, preventing it from receiving additional nutrients.
- The trap of the plant can only open and close around half a dozen times before it permanently closes. The trap will continue to photosynthesize to provide nutrients to the plant, but will be unable to trap insects.
- The Venus flytrap is an area of interest for robotics scientists in the U.S. and in South Korea who are attempting to build robot replicas that can catch and digest their own fuel.
- These plants reproduce just like any other plant: Seeds are created when the flowers are pollinated.
- Seeds, which are black and pear-shaped, are spread and grow into new plants.
- They can also reproduce asexually. The roots of the Venus flytrap extend in the soil and create a bulb root from where a new plan will grow.
- Growers can separate the new plant and bulb from the parent plant by cutting the connecting roots.
- These are perennial plants, which means they bloom year after year. Their flowers are white with green veins running from the base of the petal toward the edges.
- The lifespan of a Venus flytrap isn’t known for certain, but it has been estimated to live up to 20 years and probably longer.
Venus flytrap Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Venus Flytrap Facts
- Coloring Activity
- Quick Quiz
- Trap Family
- Anatomy of the Venus Flytrap
- Staying Alive
- Art and Ad
- Word Creator
- Conservation Status
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