E.J.Wilkins

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Sundew

 

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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Sundew

 

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.

.

comments (11)

You took advice from Tiffo?? OMG!! tongue

Lovely shot of these fascinating little plants
EJWilkins: I certainly did take advice, and it worked too!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Dec 2010, 08:26
Oh brilliant Ellie! I don't remember giving you any advice but I certainly remember these intriguing plants at the end of their growing season
EJWilkins: Yes, you mentioned focal length amongst other things! tongue
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Dec 2010, 08:40
Nicely captured, Ellie. We have these critters in Thailand, and I love 'em.
EJWilkins: I love em too, but always end up with muddy knees when I try to photograph them!
Pretty and fascinating, and well done.
EJWilkins: They are indeed fascinating plants
Beautifully captured Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thanks, I'm pleased with this one, after many, many near failures
Excellent detail, Ellie. (:o)
EJWilkins: It worked, at last!
LOvely plants and photo Ellie.
EJWilkins: I like these little plants too
Excellent shot and fascinating info!
EJWilkins: They're fascinating, and very small plants. so intricate that they're awkward to photograph
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Dec 2010, 22:29
Very sparkly, Ellie. A great find and capture.
EJWilkins: I thikn the damp weather helped raise the sparkle factor Alan
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Dec 2010, 22:45
Imagine, being digested by enzymes while alive. I wonder if it would hurt? Otherwise it is fascinating.
EJWilkins: Hmm, not a pleasant thought is it. But I think the insects succumb within a few minutes of being trapped. I've never seen any struggling to free themselves.
Attractive little plants and keep the bugs at bay. Nice capture.
EJWilkins: We could do with a whole forest of these in the summer, to help deal with a local mosquito population!

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