The Venus Fly Trap loves the feeling of sand between its roots while
it basks in the sun. So where can you find this plant catching
Photo - Carnivorous Plant Dionaea by Makoto Honda
The coastal plains of North and South Carolina are
the only areas where this picky plant likes to spend its days and nights.
Not only is it specific to this area, it grows in a semi-pocosin
or semi-savannah environment (shown
in the photo above). Therefore,
ecotone is a
better term to describe its environment.
This nutrient-poor environment is uncharacteristic for most plants.
However, the Venus Fly Trap has the unique ability to capture insects in
order to receive additional amounts of nutrients (especially nitrogen) needed for its
survival. (For more information, check out the Adapt to
Trap and What's for Dinner?
pages). Therefore, the Venus Fly Trap thrives in this environment
while non-carnivorous plants grow and reproduce slowly. This
benefits the Venus Fly Trap because it eliminates competition for the
few nutrients in the soil.