The sundew plant at one time amazed two would-be scientists when they saw a mosquito caught in its leaves. While both men witnessed the curious phenomenon, the mosquito begins to disappear due to the action of a digestive enzyme, similar to our gastric juice, which the sundew leaves secrete. This plant is carnivorous, and it can capture and digest around 2000 insects in one summer.
- Trap Structure: Sundews have specialized leaves covered with glandular hairs that secrete a sticky substance. The sticky droplets resemble dew, giving the plant its name. These droplets attract and ensnare insects that come into contact with them.
- Flowers: Sundews produce small, delicate flowers on stalks that rise above the leaves. The flowers can vary in color and appearance depending on the species. The flowers are typically insect-pollinated, and once fertilized, they produce seeds for propagation.
- Habitat: Sundews are often found in acidic, nutrient-poor environments such as bogs, fens, and wetlands. These habitats lack sufficient nutrients from the soil, so the plants have evolved their carnivorous adaptations to supplement their nutrient intake.
- Uses: Sundews are fascinating examples of adaptation in plants. Their carnivorous nature sets them apart from most other plants and makes them a subject of interest for botanists, horticulturists, and nature enthusiasts. Many people cultivate sundews as ornamental plants, either as outdoor specimens in appropriate conditions or as indoor plants in containers with a controlled environment.
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Sundew Plant Scientific Facts
- Scientific name: Drosera rotundifolia L.
- French: Dosera.
- Spanish: Drosera.
- Environment: Rare species, which usually grows in humid mountain soils. Naturalized to America.
- Description: Vivacious small plant of the Droseraceae family, growing not more than 15 cm high. The leaves grow at ground level, forming a rose, and are covered with sticky hairs to which insects stick.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The aerial part of the plant.
Healing Properties and Indications
The entire sundew plant contains naphthoquinones, the most important of which is plumbagin, which give it antitussive, bechic, antibiotic, and antispasmodic properties. It has been proven effective against streptococcus, staphylococcus, and pneumococcus.
Because of this, it is an excellent remedy against dry, irritated coughs caused by pharyngitis, laryngitis, or tracheitis. It is highly recommended for whooping cough and asthma. For acute, chronic bronchitis, sundew eases cough and promotes expectoration.
How to use Sundew
- Infusion 15-20 g of plant per liter of water. Drink four or five cups daily.
- Tincture. It is helpful for children in a dose of five drops per year of age, take up to 30 drops daily throughout the whole day. Administer dissolved into water or fruit juice.
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- George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 754. Print.[Sundew plant]
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