Drosera glanduligera

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Drosera glanduligera
Drosera glanduligera NE Tasmania.jpg
Drosera glanduligera growing on the foothills of Mount Cameron, in northeastern Tasmania, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Droseraceae
Genus: Drosera
Subgenus: Coelophylla
(Planch.) Schlauer
Species: D. glanduligera
Binomial name
Drosera glanduligera

Drosera glanduligera, the pimpernel sundew,[1] is a rosetted annual species in the carnivorous plant genus Drosera that is endemic to Australia. It is 2.5–6 cm (1–2 in) tall and grows in most soil conditions. It produces orange flowers from August to November. It was originally described in 1844 by Johann Georg Christian Lehmann.[1] It is the sole species in the subgenus Coelophylla, which Jan Schlauer elevated from section rank in 1996; it was originally described by Jules Émile Planchon in 1848.[2]

The trapping mechanism of this species is unique in that it combines features of both flypaper and snap traps; it has been termed a catapult-flypaper trap.[3] Non-flying insects trigger this catapult when certain plant cells break.[4] Then this process cannot be repeated until the plant grows new tentacles.[4]

Drosera glanduligera capturing fruit flies using its catapulting tentacles
Slow motion video showing bending of a single snap-tentacle after manual stimulation with a nylon thread

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  1. ^ a b "Drosera glanduligera". FloraBase. Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Western Australia. 
  2. ^ Schlauer, Jan. 1996. A dichotomous key to the genus Drosera L. (Droseraceae). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, 25:67-88.
  3. ^ Poppinga, S., Hartmeyer, S.R.H., Seidel, R., Masselter, T., Hartmeyer, I. & Speck, T. 2012. Catapulting tentacles in a sticky carnivorous plant. PLoS ONE 7(9) e45735. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045735 PMID 23049849
  4. ^ a b "Scientists discover carnivorous plant using sticky catapulting tentacles". University of Freiburg. Science Network: Western Australia. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.