Carnivorous Plants Story
Picture book for a young audience /
Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Makoto Honda.
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Glistening in the sun like a cluster of diamonds, sundews catch small
animal prey with a flypaper, or adhesive, trap. The leaves of sundew plants are
covered with numerous tiny hairs, each holding a crystal clear droplet of a
glue-like liquid. This gave the sundew its name.
morning sun gives a warm hue to a dew-holding leaf of Drosera intermedia(left).
In July, southern Michigan. Forked leaves (right) of a beautiful sundew named
Drosera binata, native to
Australia and New Zealand.
Crystal-clear droplets of mucilage on a leaf of Drosera capillaris.
jewels of light - an Australian sundew, Drosera binata.
There are about 180 species of sundews
worldwide. Sixty or so species grow in Australia alone. Many sundews are also
found in South Africa. Seven species grow in the United States. The shape and
size of sundews vary widely among different species. The largest sundew in North
America reaches more than a foot in height, but many species are small rosettes
of several centimeters or less in diameter.
view of a sub-alpine swamp in southern Oregon in mid-June. Carnivorous plants
found here include the English sundew (Drosera anglica) and three species
of bladderworts (Utricularia intermedia, U. minor, and U. macrorhiza).
new leaves of the English sundew, Drosera anglica, on a cold, rainy day
in late June, in southern Oregon.
(left) of the common sundew, Drosera rotundifolia. Note the
characteristic leaf blade shape of this species which is slightly wider than
long. A spider on the thread leaf (right) of Drosera filiformis from
sundew Drosera rotundifolia, growing in a northern California
seep. In May.
sundew (Drosera filiformis) and a spider.
new leaf of the thread-leaf sundew, Drosera filiformis, in Forida, in
plants (Drosera capillaris) creating a colorful contrast to the green
ground cover. In May, in Florida.
A red carpet
of sundews (Drosera rotundifolia) in a northern California seep, in May.
A plant of
the linear-leaved sundew (Drosera linearis) growing in a fen on the shore
of Lake Huron, northern Michigan. In July.
leaf shape (left) of this linear-leaved sundew (Drosera linearis) - The
two sides of the leaf blade are parallel. A back-lit leaf (right) of Drosera
rotundifolia. Note that some tentacles are already moving toward a
A colony of
Drosera capillaris sundews on a moist, white sand surface. Note the
attractive red coloration of the plants in this sunny habitat. In Florida, in
plants of Drosera intermedia growing along the creek, in the Florida
panhandle, in May.
rosette of a pygmy sundew from Australia, Drosera pygmaea.
The characteristic dew-holding hairs on the
sundew leaf are called tentacles since they behave like the tentacles of an
octopus. Each tentacle has a slender stalk tipped with a round gland, which is
enveloped in a dew-like, sticky mucilage produced by the gland. The gland is
also capable of producing digestive juices when an insect is captured. The
tentacles play an important role in trapping prey in sundews.
leaf of Drosera capillaris, one of the most commonly seen sundews in the
American Southeast. Note a clear distinction between the leaf blade (with
tentacles) and the slender leaf stalk in this species.
A bug caught
on the slender leaf of the thread leaf sundew (Drosera filiformis var.
filiformis) in Florida, in May. Note the brilliant red tentacle coloration
of this strain.
A leaf of a
sundew (Drosera intermedia) with a small fly that has just landed. Note
that, in sensing the catch, nearby tentacles are moving toward the prey.
PITFALL TRAPS FLYPAPER
TRAPS SNAP TRAPS
SUCTION TRAPS VENUS
PITCHER PLANTS COBRA
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