One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small carnivorous plant of boggy places, with rosettes of leaves that bear sticky glandular hairs for trapping insects, which are then digested.
Genus Drosera, family Droseraceae: many species, including the common European D. rotundifolia
- ‘I haven't seen this in action yet, as my sundews are my smallest carnivores currently and I can't find small enough live bugs to try and feed them.’
- ‘Unusual plants, such as sundew (Drosera spp.), butterwort (Pinguicula spp.) and bladderwort (Utricularia spp.), supplement their diet in this nutrient-poor environment by catching and digesting insects.’
- ‘There'll be miniature forests of sundews glittering in the sunshine.’
- ‘Dark algal mats and waterlogged mosses on a layer of peat are spotted with carnivorous, quarter-sized sundews, red as rust.’
- ‘Without bogs we would lose astonishing plants like sundews, sphagnum mosses and cotton grass; beautiful insects like marsh fritillary butterflies; and spectacular birds like hen harriers and short-eared owls.’
- ‘There are also round-leaved sundews, some shrubs of Labrador tea and bog bilberry, and various colorful wildflowers, including four members of the lily family - bog asphodel, western tofieldia, beavertail grass, and Hastingsia alba.’
- ‘This nationally rare and endangered habitat is home to more than 5,000 types of plant and animals that are rarely found elsewhere, including the nightjar and bog-loving plants such as cottongrass and sundew.’
- ‘An even larger area of land where the sundew plant grows was polluted with nitrogen in breach of critical loads.’
- ‘And, in rapid succession, he made one critical observation after another - first on the common English plants known as primulas, then on native orchids, and then on insect-eating sundews.’
- ‘Among them are a bladderwort, a butterwort, two kinds of pitcher plant, and three kinds of sundew.’
- ‘I searched in vain for a patch of sundews, the little carnivorous plants that live in just this kind of environment, so I could show off my meagre botanical knowledge.’
- ‘Carnivorous plants such as sundews utilise the dew that forms on their leaf surfaces in a more sinister way, mixing it with a sticky honey-like substance which attracts, then traps, the insects upon which the plants feed.’
- ‘To the sundew, insects are prey rather than pollinators.’
- ‘Spaghnum bogs with insect-eating sundew plants and snowshoe hares make the Dolly Sods an important outpost of a more northern biome.’
- ‘Prized discoveries include Lincolnshire's largest colony of the endangered sand leek, a member of the onion family, and the country's biggest concentration of sundew.’
- ‘Other antitussives in these parts include coltsfoot, mullein, sundew, and plantain.’
- ‘The sweet herbal aroma of bog myrtle drifts from the shallow mires that harbour a tangle of willows and silver-barked birch or are spattered yellow with asphodels and wine-red with insect-eating sundew leaves.’
- ‘Bladderworts, pitcher plants, and sundews all indulge their carnivorous tastes.’
- ‘Other plants include black-root, two tiny-leaved species of blueberry, blueflower butterwort, early blue violet, fringed yellow stargrass pineweeds, pink sundew, queen's delight, semaphore thoroughwort, and small butterwort.’
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