Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare (an endemic)

Look for it in wet savannas, sandhill seepages, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
5-merous
5 sepals
5 petals
15 stamens (approximately)
Superior ovary
Inflorescence an umbelliform cyme

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dionaea muscipula   FAMILY Droseraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dionaea muscipula   FAMILY Droseraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 093-01-001:
Dionaea muscipula   FAMILY Dionaeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Dionaea muscipula

 

COMMON NAME:
Venus Flytrap


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image of Dionaea muscipula

JK Marlow    jkm060603_101

May    Pickens County    SC

Pickens County Museum

The plant's Latin name translates as "mousetrap", per Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and Other Wildflowers of the Green Swamp, NCby Jim Fowler.

image of Dionaea muscipula

Kevin Adams    kcadionaeamuscipula_29

May    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

This plant's unique leaves capture and absorb insects, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Dionaea muscipula

Jerry Bright    jeb_greenswamp062808_31

June    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

The hinged clamshell-like leaf blades are on relatively long winged stalks, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Dionaea muscipula

JK Marlow    jkm070609_051

June    Pickens County    SC

Pickens County Museum

image of Dionaea muscipula

JK Marlow    jkm070609_053

June    Pickens County    SC

Pickens County Museum

The leaves are borne in a conspicuous 4-6" cluster at the base of the plant, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Dionaea muscipula

JK Marlow    jkm070609_057

June    Pickens County    SC

Pickens County Museum

Flowers are about 5/8" wide and are borne on 1-12" scapes, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Dionaea muscipula

JK Marlow    jkm080607_029

June    Pickens County    SC

Pickens County Museum

image of Dionaea muscipula

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdionaea_muscipula

Month Unknown        

Traps vary in size, averaging ~ 2.5cm, and can shut in less than 1 second, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.