The habitat of Drosera spatulata (also known as the Spatula Sundew) covers a broad geographic range. It can be found growing in Japan and Southeast Asia, all the way down through eastern Australia and New Zealand. This variety grows on Fraser Island off the coast of Australia. It produces white flowers and is the most widespread on the island. The leaves are covered with tentacles (trichomes) that secrete a sticky “dew” to attract and catch prey. The dew also contains enzymes that aid in digestion. Once a leaf traps prey, the bug’s movements trigger the leaf to curl up, introducing more dew and enzymes. Eventually, the plant absorbs all of the nutrients in the bug leaving only the external skeleton.
Size and packing method: You will receive a bare root plant about 1 inch in diameter, carefully wrapped in a damp paper towel. If selecting with soil mix, you will receive two cups of our prepackaged Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix in addition to the bare root plant. This quantity of soil is roughly enough to fill one 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch square pot.