Venus-fly-trap help

Paul Conklin psconk at
Wed Jul 14 09:44:36 EST 1993

All this discussion of Venus fly traps as pets needs a note of caution. 
This plant is endemic to a very small range in S.E. North Carolina and N.E.
South Carolina.  While it is locally common in its costal wetland habitats,
these habitats are disappearing rapidly to costal development.  Those areas
that remain are under increasing pressure from plant collectors who can
quickly remove an entire population for sale at some hardware store for $2.50
each.  It is possible to grow fly traps from tissue  culture, but this is
more expensive than collecting from the wild.  If you want to buy a fly trap,
MAKE SURE IT IS GREENHOUSE PRODUCED! Ask for names and addresses, since dealers
will often lie about their sources.

Paul Conklin
psconk at

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