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Droseraceae / Sundews
Roundleaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 35cm in height (14inches) (scape). Insectivorous.
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves can be as wide as 1 cm (0.4inches). Each leaf is entire, circular on a petiole to 5cm (2"), covered with sticky, shinny, red tentacles.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 0.7cm wide (0.3 inches). They are white sometimes pink. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into mid fall.
Habitat: Bogs and swampy areas.
Range: Alaska south to Georgia with locations becoming very few and scattered in the southern part of the range.

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This carnivorous plant captures small insects with the sticky tentacles on the leaves. Found only in peat or soil leached of nutrients it is small and difficult to spot. Very unusual in our area the species is found in all continents in the northern hemisphere (circumboreal).



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Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia



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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass
Dilleniidae
|Order
Nepenthales
|Family
Droseraceae
Sundews
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Drosera

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