<< Previous Next >>

Drosera rotundifolia

Drosera rotundifolia
Photo Information
Copyright: Amelia Heath (Amelia) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 93] (310)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-26
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-26 15:09
Viewed: 3502
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This part of the Jćren coast in southwest Norway is a botanist's delight. The coast-line offers marine life, heathland flora and fauna and wetlands all within a very short walking distance. The photo shows an insect, possibly a hoverfly, trapped in the sticky leaves of Drosera rotundifolia. I think there is also a flower spike here as well, and I shall check within the week, as I have not seen it flowering before. The sticky leaves are approximately 5-7 mm in length.

Drosera, commonly known as the sundews, comprise one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants. The members of the family Droseraceae lure, capture, and digest insects, (as shown), using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surface. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition that sundews are able to obtain from the soil in which they grow.

Insects, are attracted by the sweet secretions of the peduncular glands. Upon touching these, the prey become entrapped by sticky mucilage which prevents their progress or escape. Eventually, the prey either succumb to death through exhaustion or through asphyxiation as the mucilage envelops them and clogs their spiracles. Death usually occurs within one quarter of an hour.

Habitat: This Drosera is growing in association with sphagnum moss, (shown here), which absorbs much of the soil's nutrient supply and also acidifies the soil, making nutrients less available to plant life. This allows the sundew, which doesn't rely on soil-bound nutrients, to flourish where more dominating vegetation would usually out-compete them.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Droseraceae
Genus: Drosera

Miss_Piggy, horias, maurydv has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Gert-Paassen: CroppingAmelia 2 06-29 01:30
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

hi amelia,
fantastic i like carnivorous plants, i´ve got a bog in my garden, with a lot of plants like yours on photo, thanks for showing

Hi Amelia,

nice capture of that Drosera rotundifolia.
The collours and composition are well.



Hermosa planta, hermosa foto y muy buena composición.


Hello Amelia,

I know how difficult this plant are to photographed.
Good moment with the insect.
How much you have been cropped this picture?
Sharpness are good evenso pov and dof.
fine natural colours.


Hallo Amelia
What a sheer delight it is so look and appreciate this stunning Drosera on my computer screen. I am sure the place where you photographed this vivid beauty is not only a delight to any Botanist but just as well to any photographer. You do mention that insects are attracted to this plant and therefore one will not just be able to photograph the beautiful plants but also the insects that I am sure will be plenty of. Thanks for sharing this pretty flower that is nice and sharp and presented in a lovely manner. Best regards.

HI Amelia,
this shot is wonderful and I love this flower so much, very interesting details and sunny light. Poor insect - has to die ;-(
Thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice shot of this drosera, so fine details, so hard to capture.

Thanx for the comment, just read your profile, you've lived in two of the wildest places in europe, loved scotland on my visit, and the first trips to sweden promise much for the rest of scandnavia.. Maybe a longer trip in a couple of years. Here in sweden most are Dactylorhiza incarnata and traunsteineri in such wet places..I expect Norway to be similar,


  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-02 0:59]

Hello Amelia,
you have been showing some exciting and unique specie. This one isso special and it looks so different. you also have composed it in a very artistic way with droplets and shines.
Nice view and the lighting allows the dramatic expression well documented.


  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-12 6:00]

Hi Amelia
Great shot of this wonderful carnivore plant!
Details and colors are lovely!

Hallo Amelia,
a very beautiful picture of this Drosera, fine detail and marvellous colours, a very pleasing colourful composition
Best regards

What a cool plant! My daughter and I worked on a science project together on carnivorous plants, we were considering this species but eventually worked with the flytrap species. Very nice macro image the details and colors are very exciting. :)

Calibration Check