Today’s photographs were taken over seven years ago, with my first digital camera.
Lindsay Bourque wrote today’s entry:
Native to lowland temperate Asia, Europe and North America, this species is commonly known as round-leaf sundew. Drosera rotundifolia inhabits areas with little available nutrients. To survive, it catches insects with sensitive, sticky glandular leaf hairs. Once an insect is stuck in the mucilage, the leaf hairs partially enfold the insect. Proteolytic enzymes are then secreted to dissolve the prey, with the nutrients derived from the insect absorbed by the leaves to feed this insectivore.
For more photographs of round-leaved sundew, including close-ups of both the flowers and the glandular leaf hairs, see the Burke Museum’s page on Drosera rotundifolia.