Poaching of venus flytraps from North Carolina PAs reaching alarming levels; law enforcement steps up response

North Carolina has a long and colorful bond with Venus flytraps, the carnivorous plants that grow in the wild only in a 75-mile radius around Wilmington.

In 1760, the North Carolina colonial governor, Arthur Dobbs, described the discovery of the plant in his diary: “The greatest wonder of the vegetable kingdom is a very curious unknown species. Upon touching the leaves, they instantly close like a spring trap.”

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