Pale sundew. Drosera peltata
Drosera, commonly known as the sundews, are carniverous plants . These members of the family droseraeae family, lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked sticky glands covering their leaf surface. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition that sundews are able to obtain from the wetland soils in which they grow. There are thousands of sundews in our bogs , if each one ate one mosquito a day ,it has to be a useful plant .
Grass Trigger Plant Stylidium graminifolium

Trigger plants are perennial herbs that use insects in a clever way.
They have an ‘irritable column’ which when triggered flicks over and raps insect visitors on their back , either to deposit or receive pollen . The black arrows on the photo below points to the trigger.
The Strathbogie Ranges version of the grass trigger plant is usually pale pink, in the Alps they are vivid pink. Colonies are scattered sparsely across the tableslands in herb rich foothills forests. Not very common in our area. These were growing along Penny Lane.
Seed capsules become dry and brittle at maturity , turning light brown in colour . The seed requires a storage period of 3 months . Seeds then germinate in 7-10 weeks.


By Janet Hagen.