The Venus Fly Trap is a plant of many
names, few of which are "Fly Trap Sensitive", "Tipitiwitchet", and "Miraculum
The credit of its discovery is given
to Governor Arthur Dobbs of North Carolina. He was the first
person to describe this
plant. He wrote a letter to Mr. J. Ellis explaining its unique
capability to eat insects and other small organisms.
Photo - Carnivorous Plant Dionaea by Makoto Honda
This new feature was first introduced
to botanists through Dobbs letter. In fact, Carl Linnaeus even
rejected this absurd finding upon the study of a dead Venus Fly Trap.
However, after further examination of a live specimen, Ellis convinced
Linnaeus of Dobbs hypothesis.
What's In A Name?
Now Ellis was left with the difficult
task on naming the species because as far as he knew, it was one of a
kind. Based on the beauty of the Venus Fly Trap, he named the
According to Greek mythology, Dione is the mother of
Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In addition, Roman mythology
viewed Venus as the goddess of love,(shown in the sculpture to the