Venus's-Flytrap, an insect-eating plant that grows wild on the sandy coasts of North and South Carolina. The flower stalks rise directly from the center of a rosette of leaves that grow directly from the roots. The stalk reaches a height of about one foot (30 cm) and bears a flat-topped cluster of white flowers.
Each leaf is made up of two lobes joined by a midrib. The outer edge of each lobe is fringed with bristles. Three sensitive hairs grow from the surface of each lobe. When an insect touches one of the sensitive hairs, the lobes snap together and the bristles interlock, holding the insect prisoner. Glands on the leaf secrete a fluid that digests the softer parts of the insect. After a week or two the leaf opens again, ready to trap another insect.
Venus's-flytrap is Dionaea muscipula of the sundew family, Droseraceae.