Dwarf Sundew Plant


A close up of the dwarf sundew plant (Drosera brevifolia).  Big Thicket National Preserve is home to four of North America's five carnivorous plants (the well known Venus flytrap is the only one not found in Big Thicket).  The dwarf sundew typically grows about 1 inch across making it very difficult to spot unless it is in bloom. How does it capture its prey? Insects such as ants and flies are enticed by the sundew's sweet smell and become trapped in a sticky sap on its tentacles. The tentacle curls over and eventually envelopes its prey, digesting it for food.

Photo by Jason Penney/Flickr