A carnivorous sundew plant, Drosera sp.

A carnivorous sundew plant, Drosera sp.

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Credit: FRANCOISE SAUZE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A mixed plant community growing in boggy, wet heath or moorland. Several species of plant are seen here, including the red leaves of the insectivorous sundew, Drosera sp.. The sundew owes its popular name to the drops of sticky fluid, secreted by the tentacles on the leaves, which glisten in the sun like dew. Insects are attracted by the leaves and get caught in the sticky tentacles. These secrete proteolytic enzymes which digest the soft parts of the insect. The products are then absorbed by the leaf. This mechanism has evolved to supplement the diet of the sundew, which grows in mineral and nitrogen deficient environments.

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Keywords: angiosperm, angiosperms, bog, botany, carnivorous plant, drosera sp., flowering plants, moorland, nature, plant, plant community, sundew

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