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A Shadow over North Carolina

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A wet site:
This luxuriant clump of plants is a little atypical. Venus Flytraps grow in conditions that are much dryer than most carnivorous plant horticulturists would believe. However, this clump of plants was growing in a very wet site, with sprigs of wet Sphagnum here and there.

The expanded petioles on these plants were much wider and leafier than usual. (I can't write that sentence without editorializing--don't forget that the part of the leaf on Venus Flytraps commonly called the "petiole" is really an expanded leaf base...) Take a closer look.

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