Drosera capillaris - Sundew
About 80 species of Drosera
are found in warmer areas around the world. These are “carnivorous” plants that
capture insects with sticky, gland-tipped hairs on their leaves. This species
is native to warm areas of North and South America.
The flat rosette of reddish leaves stands less than an inch tall with a short
spike of pink flowers in early spring. Insects trapped on the leaves provide
minerals that are absorbed by the plant.and help it survive in poor soils.
See this plant along the shores of Lake Oneida.
Small herbaceous perennial with a rosette of leaves that lay flat on the ground.
Water: moist soil
Soil: poor, acidic soil
In northeast Florida,
this small plant is rarely cultivated. Plants are not compatible with grade
changes and dense turf so they seldom survive in a developed area. Where they
grow, they warrant conservation as a botanical curiosity.
Note: this plant is found in areas with low competition from other