Dionaea: the Venus's flytrap.

Dionaea: the Venus's flytrap. Tim Bailey, Stewart McPherson.
Dionaea: the Venus's flytrap.

Poole: Redfern Natural History Productions, 2012. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, maps.

The first complete monograph of Dionaea muscipula, the world famous "Venus's flytrap". Described by Charles Darwin as "the most amazing plant in the world", this unmistakable insect-eating plant produces leaves that bear jaw-like lobes that dramatically snap shut when triggered. Native to only a small part of North and South Carolina, Dionaea is the most iconic plant of the United States and all of the Americas, yet it often remains misunderstood.

This long-awaited and visually beautiful book presents a uniquely detailed treatment of all aspects of the botanical history, ecology, evolutionary history, distribution and cultivation of this miraculous plant.

Also included in this book are detailed descriptions and images of over 100 distinct horticultural cultivars from across the world. These include formally registered (officially recognised) cultivars, and others that have not yet been registered but are popular and well known among horticulturists in many countries. Many of the featured cultivars have never before been documented or depicted, and are introduced here for the very first time.

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