Wild Harris

Sundews

Both Round-leaved and Oblong-leaved sundews are common on the Harris moors. They can be difficult to spot amongst the mosses but once you have spotted one you will start seeing them everywhere. Each leaf has hundreds of glands that are sensitive to touch. 

Oblong Leaved Sundew 1 LCampbell.jpgOblong Leaved Sundew    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The glands release a substance that attracts insects which are trapped by hairs. A close examination of a leaf will usually reveal the remains of several small insects.

Common Round Leaved Sundew 1 LCampbell.jpgCommon Round Leaved Sundew    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

By Robin Reid