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Dionaea muscipula

Venus Flytrap, Meadow Clam, Tippitiwichet

Scientific Name:

Dionaea muscipula

Genus:

Dionaea

Species Epithet:

muscipula

Common Name:

Venus Flytrap, Meadow Clam, Tippitiwichet

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Droseraceae (Sundew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Wet savannas, sandhill seepages. Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled (*Key)

State Status:

SC-V: Special Concern: Vulnerable, Exploited (*Key)

Notes:

This carnivorous plant is endemic to an area in about an 80-mile arc around Wilmington, NC. It is frequently poached and sold to people who have very misguided perceptions about how the plant grows. Consequently most die.

You will find them in acidic, sandy soil that seems very dry but the water table is not far below the plant. They will die in continuously wet conditions.

Plants with buds

image

Tom Harville

Entire Plant with roots

image

David Blevins

This plant was confiscated from a poacher in NC and has been replanted into a protected area. Note: About half of this plant is underground so the root system is an inch or less below ground.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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