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English sundew
Date Issued: 2001-08-23
Postage Value: 34 cents

Commemorative issue
Carnivorous plants
English sundew

English Sundew is a perennial herb with a rosette of basal leaves and unbranched, leafless stems that are 6-18 cm high and which arise from a simple rootcrown. The leaves have stalks that are 2-8 cm long; leaves have narrowly oblong blades that are 1-3 cm long and 3-5 mm wide and covered on the upper surfaces with reddish, stalked glands that trap insects. 2-7 short-stalked flowers are borne on one side of the top of the stem. Each flower has a 5-lobed calyx that is 5-6 mm long and 5 separate, oblong, white petals that are longer than the calyx. There are 5 stamens and 4-5 styles, which are divided more than half their length. The fruit is a many-seeded capsule, and seeds are at least 1 mm long.

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