The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: How many carnivorous plants exist?

A: The famous Venus flytrap is only one of many species of carnivorous plants. More than 670 species and subspecies of carnivorous plants have been described (although humans have caused some to become extinct). The genus with the largest number of species (over two hundred) is Utricularia, but many other genera exist and this FAQ discusses them all. I have prepared a taxonomical breakdown of all the different carnivorous genera, sorted by botanical Order and Family. This page is my most updated set of species listings, so you can count the number of carnivorous plants yourself. Looking at it you will see that many plants are carnivorous!

Page citations: Rice, B.A. 2006a; Schlauer, J. 2002; Taylor, P. 1989.

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Revised: December 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005