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Drosera Capensis-Cape Sun-Dew | by Annette Rumbelow
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Drosera Capensis-Cape Sun-Dew

I find these plants amazing. These shots were taken at the 'Botanical Gardens of the University of Bristol'.

Drosera capensis, commonly known as ' Cape sun-dew '. Glistening dewdrops adorn the strap-like leaves of the sundew, enticing insects to their deaths.

 

The tentacles are very sensitive and they are mobile.Clear fluid is produced to trap any insects, the fluid has a slightly scented smell which again will attract any insects.

Apparently the fluid also contains a week acid and enzenzymes that help it digest the soft parts of any insect that it traps.

 

Once trapped the leaves produce more dew to entrap their victim, the leaf itself folds over to enclose and suffocate it's insect and it allows better absorption. These plants even flower in late Dec-Jan on a single stem, with ting pinkish flowers.

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Taken on May 12, 2012