Venus Flytrap

By William T. Hathaway

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)

One of the most exciting times in my life as an amateurish photographer was when I stumbled across the native habitat of the Venus Flytrap. There in a spot just on the edge of the Green Swamp area of coastal North Carolina, this unexpected species was in abundance. Having formerly believed that the Flytrap was rare, it was surprising to find that this was not necessarily so. A close inspection of the savannah near where I was standing revealed hundreds of young Flytraps flat-pressed against the grassy area.

At a later time I returned to the area and was able to find the Flytrap in a bog margin; its flowers were in full bloom with the basal trap-like leaves (see associated article) well developed. It is unlawful to disturb this species in the state of North Carolina. However, I now have colorful pictures of this remarkable species to enjoy upon occasion.

(See also other carnivorous plants.)


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