International Carnivorous Plant Society
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Prey capture by Dionaea muscipula A review of scientific literature with supplementary original research
Stephen E. Williams and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer
Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(2):44-61
Published June 2017
Many descriptions of prey capture by Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap) in popular publications and educational literature are inaccurate. Here we review well documented literature on prey capture in this plant’s natural habitat and add observations on prey capture and attraction mechanisms we have observed in plants cultivated in a greenhouse and garden.
Keywords: Dionaea muscipula, Venus flytrap, habitat, prey attraction syndrome, alluring glands, nectar secretion, red color, scent, UV-reflection, fluorescence, size selection, capture rate
Stephen E. Williams and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer. 2017. Prey capture by Dionaea muscipula A review of scientific literature with supplementary original research. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(2):44-61. https://doi.org/10.55360/cpn462.sw296
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