GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2005-74
SENATE BILL 116
AN ACT to adopt the venus flytrap as the official carnivorous plant of the state of north carolina.
Whereas, the Venus flytrap is a small flowering perennial plant that grows in boggy areas of the Southeastern United States; and
Whereas, the Venus flytrap is unique in that it is a carnivorous plant characterized by leaves with hinged lobes that spring shut when stimulated by insects; and
Whereas, the Venus flytrap is native to the Coastal Plain of North Carolina and is legally protected by the State as a species of special concern; and
Whereas, the Venus flytrap deserves to be adopted as the official carnivorous plant of the State of North Carolina because it is a mysterious and wonderful natural resource; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Chapter 145 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 145-22. State carnivorous plant.
The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is adopted as the official carnivorous plant of the State of North Carolina."
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 1st day of June, 2005.
s/ Beverly E. Perdue
President of the Senate
s/ James B. Black
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Michael F. Easley
Approved 10:16 a.m. this 7th day of June, 2005