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Spatulate leaved sundew is a low lying plant that measures approximately 10-22.5 cm. in height, and is most easily identified by its unique, sticky leaves. The radially symmetrical flowers are white and grow out of a leafless stalk from the side of the base of the plant. Leaves are spoon-shaped and are arranged as a basal rosette.
Drosera intermedia grows in sunny, but constantly moist habitats including bogs, fens, wet sandy shorelines and wet meadows. Since it is carnivorous, it is able to occupy relatively infertile habitats including wet sand and peat. It is a relatively weak competitor, and so is excluded from more fertile sites by competition from canopy-forming perennials. It can survive high water periods as buried seeds, and then re-establish when water levels fall.
"Insect-devouring sundews pay no attention to pebbles, bits of metal, or other foreign substances placed on their leaves, but are quick to sense the nourishment to be derived from a piece of meat. Darwin found that the sundew can be excited when a piece of thread is laid on it weighing no more than 1/78,000 of a grain." ~ The secret life of plants Spotted near Gerritsflesch, Veluwe, Holland. (sources: see reference)
Spotted on Jul 19, 2020
Submitted on Sep 26, 2020