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Spoon-leaved Sundew (carnivorous plant)

Drosera spatulata


A cluster of Spoon-leaved Sundews, and they are carnivorous plants. It's a variable, rosette-forming species 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. As with my two other encounter with this species at different locations, sandy soil, fresh water, and good sunlight are the common denominators. Some of the specimens in this spotting were also fully-submerged in water.


Spotted growing in a rock pool, in thin sandy granite soils and accumulated leaf litter amongst rocks (at current water level) on Bald Rock Creek, along the Junction Track in Girraween National Park. Freshwater creek. Sunny aspect, although subjected to extreme conditions - freezing cold (sometimes snow) in winter, and intense heat in summer. Area also subjected to torrential flooding during heavy rains. Surrounding bushland open eucalypt forest.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Thanks, Alice and Mark. They were intensely red! It was only 6 months ago that I spotted my first sundew species. Now, they're popping up everywhere. There are 3 more species in Girraween that I've yet to spot. Next time.

alicelongmartin 5 years ago

Fascinating, I think we find much of our Sundew in the states in South Carolina, but doubt they have such extreme temperatures!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Such a rich red. Great location.

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Jun 26, 2015
Submitted on Jun 30, 2015

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