October 22, 2017

C Isn’t for Carnivorous

Drosera rotundifolia - Round-leaved sundew

Drosera rotundifolia – Round-leaved sundew | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

A lot of strange things seem to happen in bogs, not the least of which is the presence of carnivorous plants. Drosera rotundifolia is one such plant, which, according to Go Botany, lives in acid bogs and is known for having “the highest concentration of vitamin C in its leaves of any known plant.” The round-leaved sundew, with its showy red color, feeds on insects attracted to it because of the sugary drops covering its leaves. This circumboreal species is one of the most widespread sundews, found in bogs, marshes and fens from Europe to North America to Siberia, Japan and Korea.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.

In 2012, Glen began working to catalog the plants of Baxter State Park, which you can read about here and find out how to sponsor a plant of your own. Courtesy of a poll taken in 2012, Garden Maine is sponsoring this lovely plant.