Project lead: Jim Luken
Federal status: Not listed
The Venus flytrap is instantly recognizable as a carnivorous plant that traps insects in its toothed leaves. This species grows in the coastal plain in subtropical wetlands.
This plant is not currently on the Endangered Species List, but it’s definitely at risk. It’s popular even with people who otherwise ignore plants, which makes it vulnerable to overcollection from the wild. Wetland habitats have dwindled as the coast is developed. Because of this, botanists and ecologists have petitioned the USFWS to add Dionaea muscipula to the Endangered Species List, which would give it some legal protection.