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Why is the Venus Flytrap called the Venus Flytrap?

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The Venus flytrap gets the "Venus" part of its name because its flowers are really pretty (like the goddess Venus) and are white, like the planet Venus in the sky. The plant is not from Venus. The "Flytrap" part comes from its obvious bug-eating attributes. This is, however...what shall I call it? A "comfortable fallacy. read more

The Venus flytrap gets the "Venus" part of its name because its flowers are really pretty (like the goddess Venus) and are white, like the planet Venus in the sky. The plant is not from Venus. The "Flytrap" part comes from its obvious bug-eating attributes. read more

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are the only members of genus Dionaea in the family Droseraceae, which is comprised entirely of carnivorous plants. The family Droseraceae is an odd family, in that it has ~150 extant species, of which all but two belong in the genus Drosera, or sundews. read more

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