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Captured: how the flytrap snaps

Jan 2005

The rapid closure of the carnivorous plant Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is one of the fastest motions (typically 100 ms) in the plant kingdom and led Darwin to describe the plant as “one of the most wonderful in the world.”

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How the Venus Flytrap snaps Y. Forterre, J. Skotheim, J. Dumais and L. Mahadevan,  Nature,  433, 421-25, 2005. [View PDF] [Download PDF]