Friday, September 5, 2008

The Sundew




At an exposed mountain ridge in Sarawak, we found a population of blooming sundew, Drosera sp (most likely burmannii) on a rather dry looking ground. Sundews are carnivorous plants, their "tentacles" are lined with droplets of sticky glue which traps unsuspecting insects from which their leaves will enfold. Sundews love high humidity and are normally found on spagnum moss and marshy places so this habitat is rather surprising....but the nearby swirling mist reminded us this was not as dry as it seemed.

4 comments:

Rowena said...

That's a very curious yet beautiful looking plant. Did you see this while on a hike? I love hiking, but here in the italian alps and prealps, the flora is entirely different of course. Cool post!

Hermes said...

Wow. What a find and great photographs.

Hort Log said...

Yes it was found during a hike but we have very few species around here. Drosera is a widespread genus and is even found in Europe, usually in ditches and swamps.

Chuck Powell said...

Yes that is Drosera burmanni. Nice pictures.

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