Luken, James O. Department of Biology, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Snap trap
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Dionaea muscipula, a diminutive and increasingly rare carnivorous plant with snap traps. Although placed in the Droseraceae, the Venus' flytrap species (Fig. 1) and Aldrovanda vesiculosa (waterwheel) diverged from the group at least 65 million years before the present and assumed highly modified leaves that actively capture and digest prey (Fig. 2). See also: Caryophyllales; Insectivorous plants; Secretory structures (plant)
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