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Sundew by Andy
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Oblong-leaved sundew (Drosera intermedia)

There are three species of Sundew to be found in the New Forest. Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera Rotundifolia) Oblong-leaved sundew (Drosera intermedia) and

Great sundew (Drosera anglica) Whenever I find Sundews growing in the New Forest I cannot resist photographing them even though I have a large collection of pictures in my archive. I keep a piece of plastic in my camera bag for filming just to rest my knees on as these flowers are always found on very wet boggy acid soil. My favourite place to find them is along the path at the back of Hatchet pond where large numbers of these flowers can be found, you don’t even need to step off the footpath.

Sundew gets its name from the very sticky droplets on the end of each hair-like tendrils that cover the leaves which glisten in the sun like dew. Sundews are insectivorous if you look closely you will see many of the leaves curled inwards with the surrounding hairs wrapped around the insect is has caught by its very sticky droplets covering the flowers leaves.

The sticky droplets digestive juices dissolve the insect's body, most of the insect caught are small insects like midges, but I have filmed large flies and on a few occasions delicate damselflies trapped by there wings and body from different leaves. It looks a slow death for the poor unfortunate insects trapped and the captured insects provide nutrients that the Sundew plants need. Sundews have small white flowers which have 5 petals which can be seen from June to August.

The sticky droplets digestive juices dissolve the insect's body, most of the insect caught are small insects like midges, but I have filmed large flies and on a few occasions delicate damselflies trapped by there wings and body from different leaves. It looks a slow death for the poor unfortunate insects trapped and the captured insects provide nutrients that the Sundew plants need. Sundews have small white flowers which have 5 petals which can be seen from June to August.

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