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Round-leaved Sundew

Drosera rotundifolia

Round-leaved Sundew

APPEARANCE

This is a small insect eating plant that has sticky red tentacles for capturing insects such as mosquitoes, midges and gnats.

RANGE & HABITAT

Sundew is found in many parts of the world, but always in wet places (bogs, fens and wet meadows). Round-leaved sundew is found throughout B.C. in wet habitats.

LIFE CYCLE

After trapping an insect, Sundews use digestive juices to dissolve nutrients out of the insect. Sundews can be pollinated by the same insects that are trapped by their sticky leaves. Small white flowers develop into capsules with lots of seeds in them.

ANIMAL USES

The leaves were used for removing warts. The sundew was known as ‘many hearts’ by the Haida first nation and was used as a good luck charm for fishing. The sap contains an antibiotic and was used to treat tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis and cough.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

The leaves of the round-leaved sundew are known to curdle milk and in Sweden has been used to make cheese. Plant extracts have been used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic capabilities, and can also treat respiratory ailments.  The fresh leaves of the sundew are used medicinally to treat warts, related to its ability to digest proteins in insects.

MODERN USES

Dried moss is used for decorations, indoor plants, and for packing fragile things.

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.rook.org

Photo: Dorst