poetry and prose about place

Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia L.)

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Carnivorous plants are a bit frightening.   They seem more thoughtful than other plants.  They are slightly macabre, possessing special adaptations for acquiring their food.  They take on shapes not typical of flowering plants.  On most days, you can find their prey, in various stages of digestion.

The Round-leaved Sundew, Drosera rotundifolia L., is also called Daily-dew or, in French, Rossolis à feuilles rondes.  The Sundew is a carnivorous plant of acid bogs, barrens, moist roadside ditches and peaty soils.  The leaves are in a tuft at the base of the plant and each leaf is covered with numerous gland-bearing bristles.  These exude a clear fluid that glitters in sunlight, hence the name, from the Greek droseros meaning dewy.  The delicate white flowers are borne on a slender, nodding stalk, and only open in the sun.


Round-leaved Sundew

Drosera rotundifolia L.


daily, dew is falling

sits on bristled leaves

of the sundew;

in innocence, believe


in our ditch is treasure,

glittering jewels, set

out in the sunshine,

a lure for insect fools


brilliance and beetles caught

in sticky dew, bristles tight

clutch creatures

they slew


tiny flowers cling

to the curve of a nodding stem,

opening when sunlight

shines on them


© Jane Tims  1984

Written by jane tims

October 31, 2011 at 6:37 am

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  1. My mother bought a carnivorous plant once when I was little. We had fun feeding it flies and bits of hamburger. But I don’t think it lasted too long – perhaps it didn’t get enough sunshine… 🙂 Nice drawing and I like the reference to “a lure for insect fools” in the poem.


    Barbara Rodgers

    November 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

    • Thanks Barbara. This was my ‘gruesome’ tribute to Hallowe’en! Jane


      jane tims

      November 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  2. Wow, really beautiful!



    October 31, 2011 at 6:54 am

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