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The State Carnivorous Plant of North Carolina

By Artie Beaty

The State Carnivorous Plant of North Carolina

North Carolina's State Plant: The Venus Fly Trap

Benjamin Miller
In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) as the official state carnivorous plant.

It's known and grown throughout the world, but the only place it grows naturally is a small 75 mile radius on the North and South Carolina coast near Wilmington. Currently, it's facing a high risk of extinction.

The Venus Fly Trap is activated when an insect brushes against bristles on the surface of the leaf. It takes less than a second for the trap to shut, and it still doesn't close all the way until it determines if it's caught an insect or something that can't be digested. If it's food, the plant seals shut and will reopen in about a week.

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