I’ve been watching the buds on the tiny Scented Sundew plants grow over the last week or so, and today I’ve had the good fortune to see the first flowers of the season. Consisting of five white petals and stamens tipped in a clear yellow, these flowers are the definition of simple beauty.
The leaves of the plants are covered with sticky hairs to catch insects – Scented Sundews are insectivorous plants.
Since I wrote a post about Scented Sundews in August of last year, I’ve acquired a new field guide Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 2 by Enid Mayfield, which solves the puzzle of the red vs green leaves I wrote about then. According to Mayfield, the leaves go red with age. So the plants with red leaves ARE the same species, but just a bit older than the plants with green leaves. It feels good to finally know the answer!
The flower itself is about the size of an Australian dollar coin. The botanical name, Drosera reflects the sticky liquid on the hairs. Drosera means dewy. Enid Mayfield states that the Scented Sundew grows from a tuber or a vertical rhizome.
Also, I finally feel like I am beginning to master the Macro lens – the first photograph was taken with the Macro, and the second photograph was taken with my standard lens.