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Dionaea muscipula, commonly known as Venus fly trap, is a carnivorous plant of the family Droseraceae. It is the only species of the genus Dionaea and is native to the United States (North and South Carolina). It is said that when Darwin saw it he defined it the “most wonderful plant in the world”. This plant easily captures the collective imagination thanks to its capacity to carry out rapid movements as a result of thigmotropism (a movement that occurs in response to tactile stimuli such as touch) and due to the shape of its leaves which resemble a mouth full of pointy teeth.