Dionaea muscipla

Scientific classification

kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Superdivision: SpermatophytaVFTCrested-Petiole.jpg
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopside
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Family: Droseracae
Genus: Dionea Ellis
Species: Dinoea muscipula
(Common Name)[[#|Venus Flytrap]]

What it looks like

The leaves of the Dionaea muscipula are bent outwords to catch its prey. It has a heart shaped petiole. The terminal lobes form the trap.The Dionaea muscipula produces [[#|flowers]] in spring. The seeds of the Dionaea muscipula are small and black.

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The Dionea muscipula is a native plant to North Caolina and South Carolina. The [[#|plants]] can also be found in Florida and New Jersey.



Humid marshes, bogs & savannahs

Life Span

The life span of the Dionaea muscilpula is perennial


The Dionaea muscipula feeds on beetles,spiders, ants, flying insects and grasshoppers

The leaves of the Dionaea muscipula are bent outwards and acts as an opening for prey. Near the edges of the leaves is nectar which attracts the prey. The hairs near the inside of the leaves acts as triggers for the leaves to close on prey. The leaves seal the prey inside acting like a prison. The digestive process occurs afterwards, the plant secretes [[#|enzymes]] to digest the prey. Digestion takes approximately 10 days to occur, the plant then reopens the trap for another victim.

Other Facts:

  • If one of the plant's traps catches a very small prey and it manages to escape, It will reopen within 12 hours.
  • The trapping mechanism of [[#|Venus flytrap]] is so sensitive that it can easily differentiate between a living prey and a non-living prey.
  • The Venus Flytrap is considered to be a [[#|carnivorous plant]] that is most commonly recognized and cultivated.
  • The plant catches as well as consumes insects in order to gain nitrogen, which it needs for the purpose of [[#|protein]] formation.
  • After trapping the prey, if the trap of the plant experiences any movement, it shuts more tightly and fastens the digestion process.


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