Jul. 3, 2017

spoonleaf sundew, Drosera intermedia

Sunday's sundew! I drove down to Kitty Todd Preserve in Ohio yesterday to see these. The third trip in three weeks was successful. Sundews attract bugs with their sticky hairs, then capture and digest them. This enables them to typically grow in mineral poor soil. The mucilage molecules in some sundews can stretch to a million times their resting length, and are the subject of current nanotech research. These flowers are about 3/16 inch across. This species grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL(T), GA, IA, ID, IL(T), IN(R), KY(X), LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH(E), PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, LB, NB, NF, NS, NU, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Kitty Todd Preserve, Lucas Co OH, 7/2/17.