North Carolina-Venus Flytrap-October 24


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 24

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Only a few hundred carnivorous plants are on Earth and only six of those are native to the United States. One is the Venus Flytrap. It grows along the North Carolina coastline, within a seventy-five mile radius of Wilmington.

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Its red-colored leaves attract insects, and the minuscule hairs trigger when an insect crawls across them. The leaves then close up rapidly like a trap and it takes the plant seven to ten days to digest fully the animal.

One great growing location for the Venus Flytrap are Carolina Bays.

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It produces the  ideal environment from the swamp’s nutrient poor soil.  The plant is not tropical and can tolerate mild winters. The plant ranges from three to six inches in stature and grows slowly.

In North Carolina, the plant occurs in the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen , Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson. Counties that it used to be found in, but hasn’t been seen since 1979, are Jones, Lenoir, Moore, Pamlico, and Robeson.

 

 

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