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    Drosera rotundifolia in the north

    We were morel-hunting last week-end, but instead of morels, my son found this:


    Drosera rotundiflora on Flickr

    From herbarium records, there are a couple records from further north (Kobuk Valley National park around the Brooks range), but this seems to be at the northern edge of the distribution in Alaska. It was a nice father's day treat to see it in the nature!

    This is the surrounding area. They were everywhere on the sphagnum moss:

    Drosera rotundiflora habitat on Flickr

    There is a bit of related info in my Orchid Borealis blog post (includes unrelated topics).
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    Beautiful! The sundews look small. I wonder if the are genetically smaller that far north.

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    That's pretty cool. What kind of prey did you see those plants with? Is it any different from something you'd find further south?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankenSnyder View Post
    Beautiful! The sundews look small. I wonder if the are genetically smaller that far north.
    It could be. A lot of plants are much smaller in the nature, but it is much smaller (the rosette diameter of the larger ones are about 2-3cm, but most are around 1.5cm) than the cultivated ones which I had.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Moss View Post
    That's pretty cool. What kind of prey did you see those plants with? Is it any different from something you'd find further south?
    I didn't see anything caught on the leaves. Well, it is a bit of mosquito hell, so I didn't have too much patience to look them in details. I'll try to check more next time.

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    Most people probably prefer larger forms, but I think those tiny plants are really neat.

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