Drosera rotundifolia – sundew

Drosera rotundifolia or sundew is a carnivorous plant that is often found in bogs or marshes. This 30cm model represents a leaf only 4-10mm in size. The leaves grow on a long peitiole with club shaped hairs on the surface and secrete a clear sticky fluid which attacts and traps insects. When an insect is caught the hairs bend inward and the leaf curls around the insect. Enzymes secreted by the hairs as well as bacteria digest the insects and nutrients released from the prey are then absorbed by the glands that secrete the digestive enzymes.