Drosera

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A genus comprised of the sundews, and belongs to the taxonomic family Droseraceae of the order Caryophyllales


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Carnivorous plants are plants have modified plant parts to capture and consume animals or protozoans. They are characterized by their ability to derive nourishment by feeding upon another living thing, typically insects and other arthropods apart from producing food through photosynthesis. Some of the trapping mechanisms employed by carnivorous plants include pitfall traps, snap traps, sticky fly traps, bladder traps, and hairy, enticing traps.

Drosera is a genus comprised of plant species commonly called the sundews. The common name sundews came from the resemblance of the mucilage drops at the tip of the tentacles to the morning dew drops. The genus belongs to the family Droseraceae of the order Caryophyllales. It is found in all continents except for Antarctica. There are about 194 species belonging to this genus. The sundews are carnivorous. They have modified leaves they use to trap and digest insect preys. The leaves have stalked mucilaginous glands on the surface. In particular, these low bog plants have leaves that are beset with pediceled glands, which secrete a viscid fluid that glitters like dewdrops and attracts and detains insects. After an insect is caught, the glands curve inward like tentacles and the leaf digests it.


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