Drosera spp., possibly D. intermedia
Photographed in the New Forest, with excellent technical advice from Sir Tiff.
Sundews are insectivorous plants. Insects are attracted to the plant by pheromones and become trapped in the sticky droplets covering the plants' leaves. Once an insect is trapped the leaf curls around it, so that as many of the sticky glands are in contact with the insect as possible. Enzymes then digest the insect, the resulting nutrients are absorbed through another set of cells.
All this means that Sundews can thrive in nutrient poor soils, where other flowering plants would fail.
Neat, don't you think?
Oh, almost forgot, these plants are about an inch or two tall, easy to miss. Sometimes it is a good idea to look where your feet are going.
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