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    Fire Island Dews

    Imagine finding Sundews on a desert island surrounded by salt-water... that pretty much describes the Wilderness section of Fire Island.

    I found an oasis which seems to be the only permanent & fully fresh water there (there's brackish marshes and seasonal fresh water puddles)

    Is the literal watering hole too, I found it by following Fox tracks and there were plenty of other animal tracks there...

    I've looked for Dews sporatically over the years, so it is a great feeling to have finally found them!!!

    The Fire Island Wilderness is beautiful on the seaside of the dunes and I visit for camping and day trips often... but behind the dunes it's hot with no shade, Ba-Zillions of extremely agressive Mosquitos, Hordes of Ticks with Lyme, Poison Ivy everywhere... not a very friendly place... is wild though and fantastic!

    These photos are only with my iPhone, so thery're not the best... I will be updating this thread with better pics sometime in the future.

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    I'm guessing these are Rotundifolia and the last ones are Intermedia...





























































    They all were quite small, the Intermedias were tiny! But there they were!!

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    And a few pics of the habitat:








































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    And for the heck of it... some other weird plant I seen on the way there:
















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    I'm amazed at how close they are to salt water.

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    It would be interesting to check the TDS of the lake water.

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    That wierd plant is probably a thistle, a weed where i live. Nice rotundifolias, but the plants you call "intermedia" look a little bit closer to an intermedia x rotundifolia cross.
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    ya thats deffinatly a thistle. The exact type of thistle is hard to tell unless its flowering, but probably a globe thistle.

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