Aldrovanda vesiculosa (Waterwheel)

Aldrovanda vesiculosa (Waterwheel)

The waterwheel plant is native to Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, but they are becoming increasingly rare.  It’s the sole species of the genus, although 19 extinct species are known, through fossil records.   This fast growing, aquatic, rootless plant consists of free-floating stems reaching a length of 6–40 cm (2–16”).  It naturally grows in ponds and lakes of clear […]

Utricularia (Bladderwort) 

Utricularia (Bladderwort) 

Bladderworts are the largest genus of carnivorous plants with around 220 species and are widely distributed around the world.  They are highly evolved, mostly semi aquatic plants and can be found in lakes, streams and bogs.  The plants contain tiny hollow bladders that actively capture and digest their prey, such as insect larvae, aquatic worms and water fleas. The bladders, […]

Dionaea Muscipula (Venus flytrap)

Dionaea Muscipula (Venus flytrap)

The Venus flytrap is probably the most recognizable of all carnivorous plants.  It is the only member of its genus and is native to North and South Carolina, USA, where they predominantly catch spiders, rather than flies. In spring and summer, the plant produces waxy green leaves with ornate traps on the tips.  The inner surface of the trap is […]