SUNDEW (Drosera rotundifolia L)
It’s a perennial herb, small (up to 15 cm). The leaves are in a basal rosette, with petiole of up to 3 cm and sub-orbicular limb (up to 1 cm in width), covered with red, glandular, setose and sticky hair. Inflorescence is in racemiform tops with 6 to 10 small white corolled flowers. Flowers are pentamerous with green, obtuse, sepals fused together at the basal part. Petals are white. Stamens are in groups of five, alternate with petals. Tricarpellary ovary crowned by 6 styles (divided in 3 groups of 2). The fruit is an oval-shaped capsule shorter than the calyx, with valvar dehiscence. Flowers open at determined time (normally, few hours before the sunset). It belongs to the Droseraceae family.
This plant is insectivorous. If an insect rest on it, it’s caught with the sticky glandular leaf hairs, the leaf then folding around the prey. After an insect has been caught, the glandular heads secrete a digestive fluid which dissolves all that can be absorbed from the insect, especially the nitrogenated and phosphorated compounds, which are very scarce in the zones where this plant is found. It blooms in the summer.
The whole plant.
> Respiratory disorders: bronchitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, asthma, whooping cough, irritating and spasmodic cough, etc.
> Very useful for people who have to over use their voice (teachers, singers, preachers, etc.)
> Digestive spasms.
> Neuralgia, osteoarticular inflammation, muscle contracture, myalgia, etc.
> Warts treatment.