Auckland Islands: Rare Sundews

And look what I found on the Enderby Island – a rare species of carnivorous sundew plants, Drosera stenopetala! This is the only species of sundew that is endemic to New Zealand. The plant was tiny, just millimeters from the ground. The leaves use sticky liquid to trap insects and then the digestive elements in this liquid devour the animal, thus supplementing the minerals that are necessary for the plant growth and blossom and not available in the poor marshy oxygen-deprived soils.