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Dionaea muscipula Venus Flytrap



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This plant is quite difficult to keep growing well. I have had very little success until this year. Keeping it when the temperature drops is difficult and extra heating is required. I hope to overwinter this one on my windowsill with my orchids. There are several cultivars of this plant as it is a commercially grown as many kids want to feed it with insects. The speed of closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with which traps close can be used as an indicator of a plant's general health. Venus Flytraps are not as humidity dependent as are some other carnivorous plants, such as Nepenthes. If the prey is unable to escape, it will continue to stimulate the inner surface of the lobes, and this causes a further growth response that forces the edges of the lobes together, eventually sealing the trap hermetically and forming a 'stomach' in which digestion occurs. Digestion is catalysed by enzymes secreted by glands in the lobes.

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