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Venus Flytrap

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Dionaea muscipula
Venus Flytrap


They are found in bogs and other nitrogen-poor environments habitats of North and South Carolina, though have been introduced in other places.


The plant has up to 7 long leaves, each with a "trap adaption" at the end. The "trap" is a hinged, clamshell-like structure with a red inside to attract insects and a hair-like fringe along the edge. Three trigger hairs inside, when touched by an insect, will cause trap to snap shut, sealed by the fringed edge. Plants will produce a long flower stem with 5-petaled, white flowers at the end.

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