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The Curious Carnivorous Creature

Michael John

Oatley, Australia

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Drosera, commonly known as the sundew, is very unusual carnivorous plant.

It lures, captures, and digest insects using sticky stalked glands covering their leaf surface. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow.

The name sundew refers to the glistening drops of mucilage at the tip of each tentacle that resemble drops of morning dew.

This particular sundew is Drosera spatulata, the spoon-leaved sundew.

Royal National Park near Karloo Pools, Heathcote, NSW, Australia.
Canon G12.

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