Venus Flytrap Leaf

By William T. Hathaway

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)

Following the previous Venus Flytrap article, I decided to show a close-up photograph of the remarkable flytrap leaves. Experts in plant physiology describe the leaves as sensitive to any disturbance from small insects or spiders; the hinged leaves snap shut, trapping the prey. Juices secreted by the prey stimulate the flytrap's digestive enzymes. After the nutrients from the prey are absorbed, the flytrap leaves reset.

I have read that a brilliant high school student figured out the functional physiology of this fascinating plant.

The photograph was taken in the Green Swamp area near Supply, in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

(See also other carnivorous plants.)