Round-leaved Sundew: the common sundew | Nature Notes from Dorset

In nature many insects thrive on flowers eating the leaves or taking pollen and nectar; the sundew is one of the few species to turn this around and use their attraction as a flower to snare and consume insects. The leaves have very sticky hairs on them that any insect landing on will get stuck to, the leaves close and the plant absorbes the nutrients from its catch.
Whilst the leaves are quite noticable, indeed sometimes mistakenly thought to be the flowers, the sundew produces a small yellow flower

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