I'm long overdue in posting these photos!
Main photo album here with lots of photos not in this thread:
Matt's photos of Wilmington and Croatan wild flytraps and other carnivorous plants
This spring I made a trip out east to swim in a USMS national Championship open water swim in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
From there I planned to drive east to North Carolina and visit Wilmington and Croatan National Forest to see flytraps in the wild!
These are a few photos from the portion of the trip from Wilmington to Croatan NF.
Me in downtown Wilmington under the metal and glass Venus flytrap statue:
From Wilmington, it was a couple hour drive or so up to the Croatan. Joel Garner, of JoelsCarnivorousPlants, who now lives in Wilmington, came along with me for the ride.
I'm sure there were better spots, as I've seen some other photos with impressive stands of VFTs, but this one was very satisfactory in my opinion!
A photo of the general area where we found the most flytraps and other plants.
Some Sarracenia flava. These guys were pretty hard to spot sometimes as the area had grown pretty thick around them.
Drosera spatulata (I think?)
Sarracenia purpurea - these guys were growing in live sphagnum very close to the water's edge or in water.
And finally...LOTS and lots of Venus flytraps!
Venus flytrap with an already digested meal.
Open flytrap flowers!
I'm not sure why, but a dozer of some sort had gone through and dug trenches right through some carnivorous plants, including lots of Sarracenia and flytraps. Here's a flytrap hanging on the edge of where the ditch was cut, getting lots of sun and looking healthy!
Probably the largest wild flytrap we saw, with traps well over an inch:
And, much to my surprise, a lot of the flytraps were actually growing well in live sphagnum:
The largest patch of flytraps we saw. A bunch of really healthy specimens mostly growing in live sphagnum:
Me with the find!
One thing that I was kind of surprised by was how small wild flytraps are. The vast majority of the wild flytraps we saw would be what we (FlytrapStore) consider "starter" or "young" sized plants. I guess they can just grow larger in cultivation than in the wild.
It was definitely worth the trip out there and I'm very happy to have finally seen wild Venus flytraps!