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How does the venus flytrap reproduce?

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The Venus flytrap reproduces by means of sexual and asexual reproduction. The insectivorous plant undergoes pollination during sexual reproduction, while it asexually propagates by spreading its rhizomes in the soil to produce a new Venus flytrap.

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Venus flytraps, with the scientific name of Dionaea muscipula, are endemic to the marshlands of the Carolina states. These carnivorous plants primarily feed on insects using their specialized leaf structures. The leaf of a Venus flytrap consists of two main parts: a photosynthetic leaf-base region that is responsible for growth, and a leaf-blade, otherwise known as "lamina," which is the trapping mechanism of the plant. Venus flytraps have become predatory to supplement the lack of essential nutrients found in the less-than-favorable acidic soil where they usually grow.

Venus flytraps blossom and produce flowers far beyond the reach of the trapping mechanism to keep pollinating insects from being ensnared in the lamina. When the Venus flytrap gets fertilized, it produces very small seeds, which should be planted immediately or kept in the refrigerator. Another method of reproduction is when a flytrap's rhizomes continuously extend horizontally below the soil and eventually break from the parent plant to form a new bulb. This usually happens when the plant has more than seven leaves. Leaf pulling is also a technique for growing a new Venus flytrap from a mother plant.

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