Cape sundew leaf

Cape sundew leaf

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cape sundew. Macrophotograph of a leaf of a cape sundew, Drosera capensis. The stalked secretory glands (red) are seen. These exude the glue (colourless) which traps passing insects and gives the plant its dew-like shine in the sun. The plant secretes enzymes to digest the insect and obtain nitrogen. This allows it to live in nutrient-poor soils such as those found in bogs and marshlands. Magnification: x3.3 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: botany, cape sundew, carnivorous plant, carnivorous plants, drosera capensis, insectivorous, leaf, macrophotograph, nature, plant, secretory glands

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