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Oblong-leaved Sundew: in at the deep end

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Oblong-leaved Sundew: in at the deep end

Sundews are quite common on damp areas of heathland and one might assume that they are all the same species but that is not the case. In addition to the very common round-leaved sundew which has ... round leaves there is also the oblong-leaved sundew (Drosera intermedia) which is very similar but the leaves are less rounded and more oval in shape.

Found on acid soils in boggy areas of heathland oblong-leaved sundew is less common than its round-leaved cousin and it seems to like wetter areas rather than damp, often growing in shallow puddles or pools rather than on moist peaty soil.

Both oblong-leaved and round-leaved sundew have small cream/yellow flowers from June through to August. It is an interesting balance needing insects to cross pollinate with other plants to produce seed but also needing insects for food!


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 3 days ago

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