Drosera intermedia Hayne
Spatulate-leaved Sundew, Oblong-leaved Sundew, Spoonleaf Sundew
Spoonleaf sundew is native to Europe, southeastern Canada, the eastern half of the United States, Cuba, and northern South America. Sundew secretes a sugary nectar that attracts insects into small pods. If the insect grazes against strategically-placed trigger hairs more than once, this marvelously fiendish plant snaps the pod shut, trapping the insect in a sticky mucilage. It slowly digests the bug, extracting nitrogen and other nutrients that are not available in its natural environment.
Identification: Sundews are very small, 2-8" (5-20 cm) high, inhabiting bogs near coasts. These inconspicuous reddish-looking plants are easily missed, but amazing at close range. Flowers are white or pale pink, with 5 petals, ¼" (6.3 mm) wide. The insect-trapping pods have sticky hairs along the top edges that interlock above the bug, completing the trap.
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Drosera intermedia at Skye Flora
Drosera intermedia on the Carnivorous Plant FAQ, courtesy of the International Carnivorous Plant Society
Drosera intermedia on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Drosera intermedia at the International Carnivorous Plant Society
Drosera intermedia at Minnesota Wildflowers
Drosera intermedia on Wikipedia
Drosera intermedia on CalPhotos
Drosera intermedia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Drosera intermedia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.