Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Threadleaf Sundew Has a Flower

This is a picture of a few leaves of the  threadleaf sundew plant, Drosera filiformis, that grows in New Jersey pine barrens bogs. It's a carnivorous plant that supplements its diet by capturing insects in sticky hairs on its slender upright leaves. The insects are slowly dissolved and the plant acquires nutrients from them. I am always delighted to find these pretty sparkly red plants at my feet in the mud at a bog's edge.
And it gets better! The threadleaf sundews are flowering right now. Here's a picture I took this week of a  single dainty pink flower. The flower stalk rises from the base of the plant and lacks sticky droplets. Each of the flower buds on the stalk opens for a single day.   Click to enlarge. Lovely, isn't it?

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