Dwarf Sundew (Drosera brevifolia), watercolor pencil & watercolor
About Dwarf Sundews:
Dwarf sundews are perennial carnivorous plants native to the United States.
The leaves have tentacles containing glands which secrete sticky mucilage
for trapping and digesting insects. Mucilage is a polymer produced by most
plants. Once an insect is trapped, the tentacles bend toward other stalked
glands to increase the insect's contact with the sticky substance. It takes
about an hour for the mucilage to kill the trapped insect.
Sundews can live for fifty years. The grow in the southeastern part of the
United States (see distribution map). They're very small,
about 2 centimeters in diameter.
Kingdom: Plantae (plants)
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta (vascular plants)
Superdivision: Spermatophyta (seed plants)
Division: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida (dictoyledons)
Family: Droseraceae (sundew family)
Genus: Drosera (sundew)
Species: Drosera brevifolia
More information about dwarf sundews:
Carnivorous Plants of the Gulf Coast
Photos of sundews:
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