Story: Alpine plants

Sundew, Arthur's Pass National Park

Sundew, Arthur's Pass National Park

Sundews trap and digest insects on sticky glandular hairs that cover their leaves. The nutrients obtained in this way help them to survive in infertile bogs. This alpine sundew (Drosera arcturi) is growing in the middle of Donatia novae-zelandiae, a common cushion-forming plant.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Alpine grasslands and wetlands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 March 2023)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007