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My 500th spotting, and it's taken me over 2 years to get here. Yes, I am a plodder. I wanted to show something a little bit different to mark the occasion, so I thought a carnivorous plant might just fit the bill. This is a Spoon-leaved Sundew, and it's a variable, rosette-forming plant with spoon-shaped leaves. The upper surface of the leaves have glands that secrete a sticky substance. There are two types of glands - stalked glands that capture the insects, and sessile glands that secretes enzymes and absorbed the nutrients from the trapped insects. This species also has small red buds which produce white flowers (photo 4). Pretty cool, eh?
Spotted on the western shore of Brown Lake (conservation area), North Stradbroke Island. Growing in moist white sand amongst water reeds at lakes edge. Sand appeared to be mixed with some soil and decomposed vegetation, so probably nutrient-rich. Good sunlight for most of the day. This is a freshwater lake.
Spotted on May 27, 2015
Submitted on May 29, 2015
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