Mini Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)
$9.35 incl. GST
Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 8cm
- The Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula) is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina.
- It catches its prey, chiefly insects and arachnids, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs (called "trigger hairs" or "sensitive hairs") on their inner surfaces.
- When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap prepares to close, snapping shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike.
- Triggers may occur if one-tenth of the insect is within contact.
- The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption.
- Grow them in a plastic pot with good drainage.
- Use a 1:1 mixture of peat moss, and horticultural sand or gravel.
- Feed them small insects if they appear unhealthy.
- Give them 12 hours of direct sunlight.
- Water them with distilled water or rainwater, not tap water.