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The Venus Flytrap

Updated on May 28, 2009
Christian Johnson |
Christian Johnson |

The Venus Flytrap is a plant, whose folding leaves trap and digest insects. The plant is native to moist sandy regions of North Carolina and South Carolina, but is now propagated and sold around the world.

It grows from 4 to 16 inches tall and bears a cluster of small white flowers. Its leaves are borne on short stems, and each leaf consists of two lobes hinged together. The surface is covered with small sensitive hairs, and the edges are armed with curved spines.

When an insect lands on the leaf, the two lobes close together and the interlocking spines trap the insect inside. Digestive juices are then secreted, and the insect's body is slowly broken down and absorbed.

Although the Venus Flytrap obtains some nutrients by digesting insects, most of its food is manufactured by photosynthesis.


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