I purchased a Venus Flytrap growing kit back in June 2013 and sowed it about a week later. Now, the seedling seems to be developing traps now, but it is on a stem above ground and is developing a yellow flower and acorm. Unfortunately, my phone won't let me put up a picture. So, from my description, could you vote what you think? Polls close on the 28th December 2013 at 12:00.
It is on a stem above ground. Aren't Venus Flytraps supposed to have a short subterranean stem? The traps that I am describing are at the very top of the stem. In the middle of the traps, there is a small, bright yellow flower developing. Aren't Venus Flytraps supposed to have yellow flower....or does each variety have a different colour? There seem to be multiple trap "heads". Right now, the traps are tiny. It is very late developing because I sowed it too late? So, have I been conned out of my money, or is it the real thing?
If it was actually producing traps, you'd be able to tell they were traps. Yes, Dionaea grows from the rhizome directly at the soil surface, all flytraps have white flowers, not yellow, and they are rather large and showy. A flytrap from seed will produce trap leaves immediately after the cotyledons, and nothing else for numerous years until they mature. I am fairly positive whatever you have is not a flytrap.
You might want to broaden your horizons a bit (if you cannot post a pic) & do a google search for 'VFT seedlings'. Then click on images. There will be many, many pics for you to compare what is growing in your pot to the real thing. Here are some to start.
In addition, you might want to spend some time over on Barry's FAQ and also cruise the pics on Bob's photofinder. There are many sources of great info on CPs out there & those two are a good place to begin.