As with a few other Venus Flytrap varieties, there is some controversy surrounding the naming of this one. Some growers have this plant labelled as 'GJ Phalanx', while OTHERS have it labelled as just 'Phalanx'! We have done some research on this one, and it appears that while the 'GJ Phalanx' name is in common use as well, it is not the accurate name to use. Well-known UK carnivorous plant expert Mike King officially registered the name of this variety as 'Phalanx' back in 2013; and there is no formal registration for the name 'GJ Phalanx'. Therefore, this should be called just 'Phalanx.' We have only preserved the incorrect name in our description of the plant because we want our customers to know the correct name for this cultivar.
This flytrap really lives up to its name! The word 'phalanx' was used to describe an ancient military formation, where soldiers would stand shoulder to shoulder with their shields raised and interlocked, and with their long spears facing out from in between the shields. While the rest of the plant is typical for the species, the long spines on the outer edge of each trap half are markedly longer than any other variety we know of, and resemble the long spears from the military formation. They almost look more like cactus spines as they get larger! ONLY A FEW of these plants available, and once they're gone, it will be some time before we will have more. All our plants are shipped potted and ready to grow to reduce stress, not bareroot as you find with many other suppliers.