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THE VENUS FLY TRAP

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Transcript of THE VENUS FLY TRAP

Venus fly traps are
native to the North and South Carolina
of the United States. They currently reside in any area that has
hot, humid summers with cool to cold winters.
The biome they live in is the
sub-tropical wetlands.
How Venus Fly Traps Help Their Surroundings
What the Plant Requires
The Venus fly trap's scientific name is
Dionaea Muscipula
!
Locations, Biome, and Climate
Specific Needs
Uses of The Plant
Venus fly traps need
a lot of sunlight
, for they can not live in dark areas.
A moderate amount of rain, or pure water
, is required for Venus fly traps to live.
Soil that is poor in nutrients
, but well-drained is what they live in. The Venus fly trap also needs to grab
nitrogen
from the air it "breathes" and the insects it eats.
Dormancy
, where the plant "rests" and stops growing, is a time period the Venus fly traps demand in order to live for a long time.
Venus fly traps are used in
Carnivora
, a Dionaea Muscipula extract base used –
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as an effective way to treat chronic diseases, including cancer, HIV, etc.
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Take care of your plant!
Common System Damages
Which tropism does a Venus fly trap use?
Tropisms
A tropism is the response of an organism to an external similus, such as thigmotropism, gravitropism, and phototropism.
Thigmotropism
is the turning as a response to touch or physical contact, gravitropism is the plant's response to gravity, and phototropism is the plant's response of moving, or growing towards light. Venus fly traps use a
touch response
, which is none of the above, because of its leaves, or traps when they close. When prey comes into contact with the leaf and triggers the censors, the trap closes, with the prey inside unable to escape.
This is how it is capable of consuming its prey to retrieve nutrients and energy to survive.
THE VENUS FLY TRAP
A Venus fly trap's
root system
is a common system that is able to become damaged. From small organisms that feed on the roots, to lacking oxygen and nutrients; these are some incidents that lead to damage in the root system. However, the harm does not stop there, for it continues to the shoot system.
The leaves that are supported by the roots will soon weaken and grow smaller traps.
Smaller traps lead to less food for the Venus fly trap; less food leads to less nutrients to live on, and less nutrients means a weakened Venus fly trap will die earlier than it should have.
Fragile roots are also unable to carry and hold up the stem. Without the shoot system in this situation, there wouldn't be anything besides dying roots. All of the systems are important so if one fails, the rest will fail with it.
Explanation and Systems Involved
Reproduction Process

Flowers sprout on a tall stalk above the leaves after the Venus fly trap is a couple of years old. The flowers release pollen, seeds, and sweet scents to attract insects. An insect comes by and pollinates the flower by transferring the pollen from the stamen to the pistil. Soon after, the flower will die. However, the fertilized seeds survive and drop into the soil and move on on its own. This is the reproduction process of a Venus fly trap.
The reproductive system interacts with the root and shoot system. The Venus fly trap
producing its flowers on a tall stalk above the leaves
is relating the reproductive system with the shoot system. The flowers grow up there so insects that aim to pollinate it do not get trapped inside the leaves. The root system
provides nutrients and such
so the flower can survive.
Ways It Has Adapted to the Environment
Plant Adaptations
The way a Venus fly trap works is very interesting and unlike other plants. The Venus fly trap has adapted to the
poor-in-nutrient soil it lives in by becoming a carnivorous plant to retrieve the needed nutrients that the soil lacks
. The Venus fly trap is able to
adapt to almost any type of weather
as long as it receives enough sunlight and water. It also produces a bright outer color and a waxy coating
to attract its prey
. A Venus fly trap's
trapping mechanism
(the opening and closing of the edges of the plant when it captures insects)

is considered as another adaptation.
The hair-like teeth at the edge of the leaves help seal
the prey inside so nothing is able to take it away. The Venus fly trap's flowers
grow on a tall stalk above the leaves
so the insects that want to pollinate them do not get trapped inside them.
What Does A Venus Fly Trap Look Like?
Physical Features
Venus fly traps are very unique and easy to spot and recognize. The plant is usually a
vibrant green, and inside the leaves are a similar green with red
. The leaves are
taco-shaped with cilia
, tiny hairs (censors),
on the edges
that prevent the prey from escaping once the cilia seals the leaf.
Inside the leaves are barely visible trigger hairs
that are able to indicate if an insect is inside and alive for the plant to consume.
Sources
http://theflytrapisu.blogspot.com/
http://www.flytrapcare.com/
http://botany.org/bsa/misc/carn.html
http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-library/plants/venus-flytrap.aspx
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