The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Leafy Sundew

20130915 030The Leafy Sundew is a very delicate flower that doesn’t last long and quite belies the carnivorous nature of the plant. It is a Drosera and it has sticky tentacles on its leaves to catch insects. According to Wikipedia: they lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow. Various species, which vary greatly in size and form, can be found growing natively on every continent except Antarctica. Both the botanical name (from the Greek ??????: drosos = “dew, dewdrops”) and the English common name (sundew, derived from Latin ros solis, meaning “dew of the sun”) refer to the glistening drops of mucilage at the tip of each tentacle that resemble drops of morning dew.

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