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Shield Sundew

Drosera peltata

Description:

A tall delicate plant with branching inflorescence. The leaves are shield shaped with hairs tipped with sticky droplets (pic 3). The 'shields" faced downwards on the plant. Pic 4 shows the remains of an insect trapped within the shield.

Habitat:

Spotted on forest floor in a reserve.

Notes:

This is one of at least 194 species of carnivorous plants commonly known as Sundews. This family of plants capture, trap and digest minute insects using mucilaginous secretions. The plants are found in nutrient-poor soil and the digested insect material is used as a food supplement. This particular species grows tall when compared to others that have leaves set out as rosettes at the plant base.
Family: Droseraceae

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 26, 2014
Submitted on Sep 30, 2014

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