Friday, November 13, 2009

Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is?

It was taken at the Rome Sand Plains, Rome, New York.Rome Sand Plains is a 15,000-acre inland pine barrens within the city of Rome in Oneida County, New York consisting of a mosaic of high sand dunes and low peat bogs, mixed northern hardwood forests, meadows and wetlands. It is one of only a handful of inland pine barrens remaining in the United States. The sand plains were previously submerged under a glacial lake that covered much of central New York ten thousand years ago.

There are several rare species in the Sand Plains, including the purple pitcher plant and a sundew (both of which are carnivorous plants), red-shouldered hawks and martens and the threatened Frosted Elfin (Incisalia irus). Other species to be found include wild blue lupine, barrens buckmoth (Hemileuca maia), whippoorwill, pine warbler and pitch pine, normally indigenous to coastal areas. The one-mile Wood Creek trail is an interpretive nature trail.

Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is?
This appears to be a Lycopod ( Pteridophyte )

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It is Lycopodium digitatum

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What if you took a Sundew plant and a Venus Fly Trap and put the parts of the sundew plant that catch insects into the jaws of a fly trap, which one would survive the other's DEADLY DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?

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Thank you for your question.

It is unlikely that either would survive if they were digested. However, the triggers are set for insects and they may not trigger the trap. However, neither plant would survive because it would be out of soil and not exposed to light.

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Creating a terrarium?

I'm curious about creating a terrarium - one containing primarily plants, with no other organisms such as frogs, etc.

What I'd like to do is try to duplicate an environment from someplace in the world that is quite unique and interesting. I've thought of doing the basic desert, or rainforest, or swamp, but those all seem so typical. I'd like to do a place where there are some plants that make you say "What the hell is that?", and that sort of thing. I've also looked into carnivorous plants, such as venus flytraps, sundews, pitchers, but because of the small space you're pretty well limited to only carnivorous plants, which could get boring too.

Can anyone think of a neat climate or ecosystem that I could create (that's different from what is found in North America), assuming I can precisely control temperature, humidity, lighting, and soil chemistry?

Creating a terrarium?
although i'm not sure how large you want your terrarium to be ...why not try simulating a mossy forest!.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Does anyone know in region to find the Sundew Plant, or a website for it?

Does anybody know how the plant has adapted to its region, I'm having a hard time finding info.

Does anyone know in region to find the Sundew Plant, or a website for it?
sounds like they live around florida


Reply:The Sundews (Drosera) comprise one of the largest "genera of carnivorous plants", with over 170 species. The Sundew family (Droceraceae) lure, capture and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leave surface. Various species, which vary greatly in size and form, can be found growing natively on every continent except Antartica.

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Sundew plants?? how to?

i need some basics on how to care for a sundew plant.

How much water?

how much bugs?

how often to feed?

what bugs to feed?


please dont answer if you dont know. I dont want your wrong answer to kill it!

Thank you.

Sundew plants?? how to?
Sundews come from all parts of the world from the arctic circle to the tropical rainforest. They all have some important things in common that will guide how you care for urs... but most important is to discover what variety urs is..and where it comes from.. These will dictate ur temperature regimes, lighting etc.

Generally speaking, sundews like most 'carnivorous' plants grow in wet, highly acidic soils, poor in nutrients such as "nitrogen". Thats why they evolved to become insectivorous. They don't eat the insect so much as they trap, kill and decompose insects to use as natural fertilizer. Most people new to growing insectivorous plants make the mistake of "overfeeding" thinking their plant will perish without food. The reverse is true. these plants will do much better without being given insects to eat. (at least very sparingly) Its important to remember that these plants have choosen to grow in nutrient poor soils for a reason. They will survive best if those soils remain nutrient poor.

I can't stress how much more important it is to understand the temperature, humidity and light requirements of ur plant.

Find out what species it is.. where it is from..

And google the rest....

Feel free to email me if you wish.

Good luck with ur new plant.
Reply:To answer your main question... Yes! They can live mainly on water.

There are many websites that give plenty of accurate information on how to care for any specific type of sundew plant.

One site I'd recommend is

They have a good reputation for giving quality information.

But to answer your questions briefly above...

Water... let the pot sit slightly above a shallow tray of water. This will help the humidity around the plant. Sundews like to be constantly moist. Don't let them dry out! You can water them from the top like you would with other plants; just be careful not to get the water on the leaves as this would wash the "dew" off.

Insects are not as important to carnivorous plants as people often think they are. Insects are like fertilizer to the plant, and the sundew will grow to catch insects on their own. Feeding is not really necessary. It's better to never feed them rather than feed them too much. Undigested insects on the leaves can lead to rot.

As for the environment, 50% or more humidity is best, but several genus of sundew can tolerate lower humidity. Find out what genus you have and determine from there.

Most sundews are considered tropical plants, so temperatures should ideally be above 60 F all throughout the year. Lower temperatures could cause the sundew to stop growing and enter a semi-dormancy until the temperature warms up again.

But the most important thing to all sundews is that they need a lot of light! Sundews need very bright (but not direct) sunlight all throughout the day for best dew production and color. You'll know that your sundew is getting enough light when it's glistening with dew on the tips of each of the red "tentacles."
Reply:Drosera capensis - African Sundew. This tropical sundew is fairly easy to grow in a humid greenhouse or terrarium. While thriving in bright light, direct sun should be avoided unless weak winter sun is used. About 50% shade is average. Four to six inches below fluorescent plant lights often works well and its best to keep temperatures between 55°-80°F. Potting in a 4-6 inch plastic container should be large enough if pots are used. We recommend a mix of 2 parts long sphagnum moss plus 1 part perlite as a soil mix. Other blends include 50/50 sand and peat moss or 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite. The lower end of the stem should be buried and occasionally repotting is advised as the stem becomes taller and wobbly. New roots are produced as the stem elongates. Bright pink flowers appear on tall stems and can set a lot of seed if conditions are good. Remove the flower stalk if seed is not desired as a pile of tangled seedlings may result!

Keep the plants moist to wet but not sitting in water; do not allow to dry out. Pale stringy growth indicates more light is needed and a healthy plant will have red on the tentacles. As with most sundews, water on the leaves is not advised. Flood occasionally with pure water beside the plant to avoid washing the "dew" off. Feeding is not usually needed as the plants capture small gnats and other insects. In a situation where the plants cannot catch insects, it is probably beneficial to sprinkle a few ant sized insects on a leaf a few times a year. Dead insects work well and are less likely to crawl off.
Reply:First you need to find out what kind of Sundew you have. There are North American species, South American, African , and Australian. Sundews are one of the most prolific carnivorous plants of the world. Keep the plant in a peat/sand or perlite mix. this should be a 50/50 mix. Use ONLY distilled water, rain water, or reverse osmosis water. Tap water will kill it slowly but surely. The sundew needs constantly moist soil, humidity between 50% and 70%, and very strong light. Light is more of a requirement for the plant to dew up than humidity or water. I grow several tropical types in a terrarium with two twin 40 watt flourescent light fixtures in it. I also grow four different types of N. American sundews outside year round in an artificial bog. With a strong light source, the plants will dew up quite nicely thus attracting it's own meals. You will be amazed at how affective these plants are at feeding themselves. If you just can't resist feeding your plants, get some beta fish food from the local Wal-Mart or pet store. Feed it just a tiny bit. if you feed it a meal too large, fungus mat set in and kill your plant. Sarracenia Northwest has free caresheets on their site, plus a blog where you can ask any question. There is also a group on yahoo called Backyard Bogs where there are friendly knowlagable people.

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I have a Drosera Capensis "Cape Sundew" I dont know what water to use.?

I dont want to buy distilled water or other type of water....

is there any other way that i can get a water for my plant without paying???

i mean a homemade water?

If im going to wait for a rain i dont really know when it will rain thats why its gonna be quite hard for me....

please help me i really want to see my plant to bloom then get insects.

Thanks in advance

I have a Drosera Capensis "Cape Sundew" I dont know what water to use.?
To distill the water you will need a means of boiling the water and catching the steam so that it falls back into a holding jar. Check out the site below.
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Reply:The easiest would be to catch rain water in a bucket for future waterings. When no rain water is available, you have to distill water. This means you have to boil water in a covered pot, the steam will coat the lid with droplets of mineral-free water, which you have to safe in a separate container.

Keep the pot with the Drosera Capensis in standing water to keep soil wet at all times. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Though rain water is not necessary, use mineral-free water for best results.

Can someone give me a website to the life cycle of the Fork-Leaved Sundew?

I have some project and and need some info.


Can someone give me a website to the life cycle of the Fork-Leaved Sundew?
Drosera binata is native in southern and eastern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

During the dormancy the plant dies down to the ground and regrows in the spring from its roots.

Most forms of Drosera binata will only produce fertile seed if you have two unrelated plants of the same type and cross pollinate the flowers.

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Reply:According to the main Wiki article on Sundews, Sundews can live up to around 50 years of age.

I do not believe the Fork Leaved Sundew wiki page states a specific age. '