No wonder insects find this sundew irresistible
By Judy Evans
October 5, 2016 4:02am CST
I had to share this beautiful photo of Vince's of a sundew. There are at least 194 species of these and they are found in every continent bar Antarctica. The official name is 'Drosera' which comes from the Greek for 'dew' or 'dewdrops'. The common name 'sundew' is derived from the Latin for 'dew of the sun'. Both these names refer to the glistening drops of gooey stuff at the tip of each tentacle. I'm sure you've all seen examples of these plants with their sticky secretions. Insects are attracted to the mucilage and become trapped. Once digested, the insect supplements the poor mineral content of the soil.
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