Venus flytrap

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Venus flytrap
Dionée (Dionæa muscipula)

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The Venus’s Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant in the family Droseraceae. It is native to North America and produces a cluster of white flowers in spring, but it is usually grown for its particular ability to catch and digest insects. Each one of its four to seven leaves is made of two lobes, hinged at the midrib, and bearing hair-like spines along their margins. These lobes can fold together swiftly to trap and enclose their prey. The digestion takes about ten days, during which the leaf remains closed.

A leaf dies after capturing and digesting three or four insects.

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