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Round-Leaved Sundew Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Holland (2013).<br />
The leaves of the common sundew are arranged in a basal rosette. The upper surface of the lamina is densely covered with red glandular hairs that secrete a sticky mucilage. A typical plant has a diameter of around 3&ndash;5 cm, with a 5&ndash;25 cm tall inflorescence. The flowers grow on one side of a single slender, hairless stalk that emanates from the centre of the leaf rosette. White or pink in colour, the five-petalled flowers produce 1.0&ndash;1.5 mm, light brown, slender, tapered seeds. In the second and fourth pic I show the flower. It was difficult to focus both on the flower and the leaves since the flower stands high up in a thin stem. The last pic shows a rosette of leaves at the base of the flower stem<br />
It is a carnivore plant: The plant feeds on insects, which are attracted to its bright red colour and its glistening drops of mucilage, loaded with a sugary substance, covering its leaves. It has evolved this carnivorous behaviour in response to its habitat, which is usually poor in nutrients or is so acidic, nutrient availability is severely decreased. The plant uses enzymes to dissolve the insects &ndash; which become stuck to the glandular tentacles &ndash; and extract ammonia (from proteins) and other nutrients from their bodies. The ammonia replaces the nitrogen that other plants absorb from the soil.   Drosera rotundifolia,Geotagged,Netherlands,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Round-Leaved Sundew

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Holland (2013).
The leaves of the common sundew are arranged in a basal rosette. The upper surface of the lamina is densely covered with red glandular hairs that secrete a sticky mucilage. A typical plant has a diameter of around 3–5 cm, with a 5–25 cm tall inflorescence. The flowers grow on one side of a single slender, hairless stalk that emanates from the centre of the leaf rosette. White or pink in colour, the five-petalled flowers produce 1.0–1.5 mm, light brown, slender, tapered seeds. In the second and fourth pic I show the flower. It was difficult to focus both on the flower and the leaves since the flower stands high up in a thin stem. The last pic shows a rosette of leaves at the base of the flower stem
It is a carnivore plant: The plant feeds on insects, which are attracted to its bright red colour and its glistening drops of mucilage, loaded with a sugary substance, covering its leaves. It has evolved this carnivorous behaviour in response to its habitat, which is usually poor in nutrients or is so acidic, nutrient availability is severely decreased. The plant uses enzymes to dissolve the insects – which become stuck to the glandular tentacles – and extract ammonia (from proteins) and other nutrients from their bodies. The ammonia replaces the nitrogen that other plants absorb from the soil.

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  1. I really need to go looking for this plant. It would be awesome for macro photography yet have never seen them in real life. Posted 3 years ago
    1. For this plant you need to go to the part of the park near Ossenzijl
      http://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/natuurgebieden/weerribben
      Then you get one of the walking pads that go from the visitors center to the fields parallel to the canal Lokkenvaart.
      In these flat fields if you get slightly out of the pad, only a few meters, you will see the Droseras. They are tiny so you have to pay attention as they just look like the mosses that form the floors. Some have flowers. I also have pics of the flower which is a single one per plant with a long tem and tiny white color with yellow stamens.
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. Thank you for the detailed instructions! Did not know they were so small, that may explain me missing them. Posted 3 years ago

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''Drosera rotundifolia'', the round-leaved sundew or common sundew, is a species of sundew, a carnivorous plant often found in bogs, marshes and fens. One of the most widespread sundew species, it is generally circumboreal, being found in all of northern Europe, much of Siberia, large parts of northern North America, Korea, Japan and is also found on New Guinea.

Similar species: Caryophyllales
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Jul 27, 2016. Captured Aug 11, 2013 12:03 in Kalenberg Noord 2, 8377 HC Kalenberg, Netherlands.
  • SP-820UZ
  • f/4.0
  • 10/1600s
  • ISO80
  • 5.7mm