The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Dionaea: the Venus flytrap

A: Dionaea muscipula is not just the Venus flytrap, of course it is the famous Venus flytrap.

In order to maintain a certain uniformity to this section of the FAQ, I will address the questions for the famous Venus flytrap in the same order and format as I do for the other carnivorous genera. However, since the FAQ has an entire separate section devoted to the famous Venus flytrap, I will avoid answering the same questions twice by simply linking to the parts of the FAQ where I have already artfully answered the questions.

How big will my Venus flytrap get?
How does a Venus flytrap sense prey?
Exactly how does a Venus flytrap's leaves close so fast?
How did the Venus flytrap get its name?

On a vaguely related note, I have frequently been asked how to spell the plant's common name. Some people write "Venus Fly Trap," others prefer "Venus' Fly Trap." In the FAQ I used to prefer "Venus Flytrap," but now I use "Venus flytrap," so there really isn't any consistency. I have seen several other variant spellings used--enthusiasts in the carnivorous plant world often use "VFT," which is quite convenient! Fastidious observance of protocol is only required when you are using the plant's Latin name, Dionaea muscipula Soland. ex Ellis.

Page citations: Nelson, E.C., and McKinley, D.L. 1990; Rice, B.A. 2006a; personal observations.

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