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A rare sundew of very wet heathland  areas


Great Sundew: loched away

Post date: Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 21:25

The name of great sundew (Drosera anglica) may lead you to think that it is a large plant but its not. It is however, greater than our other two sundews, the round leaved and the oblong leaved. It is the stem that gives it the height as the leaves form a rosette around the base of the stem. On the great sundew the flower stem can grow to around 6 inches tall against its cousins who grow to around 4 inches at the most.

The great sundew has larger but narrower leaves than the other two and the leaves taper towards the plant to give the appearance that they are on stalks. The small white flowers appear in July and August.

An insectivorous plant of course that is more common in the west of Scotland than in Dorset where it is quite rare on our wet heaths. In Scotland it favours both wet moorland and the gravelly edges of lochs where, of course, it has plenty of midges to feed on! The scientific name anglica, however, means English which is a little strange given that Scotland seems to be its stronghold. 



The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Great Sundew
Scientific Name Drosera anglica
Interest Level
Species Family Insectivorous and Parasitic Plants
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
H4: Valley Mire and Bog Indicator