Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) Etymology
The carnivorous plant’s common name attributes Venus, and its scientific name refers to Aphrodite - daughter of Dione.  Perhaps their reference to goddesses of love, beauty and procreation is an affirmation of the plants ‘lovely’ cream coloured flowers?
Regardless of the intentions of historical botanists, the plant, with its glistening red lobes, surrounded by hairs, sensitive to the touch is indeed as beautiful as its name suggests.
CameliaTWU on Flickr

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) Etymology

The carnivorous plant’s common name attributes Venus, and its scientific name refers to Aphrodite - daughter of Dione.  Perhaps their reference to goddesses of love, beauty and procreation is an affirmation of the plants ‘lovely’ cream coloured flowers?

Regardless of the intentions of historical botanists, the plant, with its glistening red lobes, surrounded by hairs, sensitive to the touch is indeed as beautiful as its name suggests.

CameliaTWU on Flickr

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