(Above) Compare this photo to the drawing in your book. Here, the flower’s spiral is wound tightly, and will gradually loosen to the take the form in the drawing.
COMMON NAME: Shield sundew
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Drosera peltata
DISTRIBUTION: Australia, New Zealand, India and most of Southeast Asia
‘Sundew’ is the common name for the genus Drosera, one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants in the world. They are usually found in bogs, sandy banks or other mineral soils that are low in organic nitrogen and phosphorous content. They compensate for the lack of nutrients they would otherwise derive from the soil by trapping and ingesting insects—fungus gnats, ants, crickets, spiders, bloodworms, fruit flies and more. Sundews are equipped with stalked muciliginous glands which secrete a kind of glue that captures and holds fast insects that venture near. This glue resembles drops of dew, from where the plants get their name.
As the trapped insect struggles, it is covered in sticky mucilage and suffocates to death. The sundew then secretes a second kind of enzyme with which it digests the insect and extracts its nutrients. There are three species of sundews in the Western Ghats, all of which are pictured here.
(Above) Drosera peltata
(Below Left) Drosera indica
(Below Right) Drosera burmanii
COMMON NAME: Flycatcher
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Drosera indica
DISTRIBUTION: Asia, Australia, Africa
DESCRIPTION: Small herb, 5-50 cm long
COMMON NAME: Tropical sundew
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Drosera burmannii
DISTRIBUTION: Australia, India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia
DESCRIPTION: A small, compact plant, normally spanning only 2 cm
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