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ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Flycatcher, Sundew, Dew plant, Indian Sundew • Hindi: Kandulessa • Kannada: hula hidaka, krimi naashini • Marathi: गवती दवबिंदू Gawati davbindu • Malayalam: Akara-puda, Theeppullu
Botanical name: Drosera indica    Family: Droseraceae (Sundew family)

Flycatcher is an insectivorous plant, a sundew native to India, Africa and Australia. It is an unbranched, annual herbaceous plant, supported by a fibrous root system and reaching a height of 5–50 cm. Young plants stand upright, while older ones form scrambling stemps with only the newest growth exhibiting an upright habit. The plant can be yellow-green to maroon in color. Inflorescences are 50 cm long, 3-25-flowered, on top of stems. Alternately arranged, very narrow leaves, 3-6 cm long, are fringed with gland tips tentacles. The tips of the tentacles are formed by sparkling dots of sticky liquid. That probably earns it the common name Sundew. The sticky liquid helps trap insects. Flowers 1.5-2.5 cm across, generally pink, but can also be orange or white. The plant is naturally found along ephemeral creeks on sandy soil. In nature the seeds sprout with the onset of the summer rainy season. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Sahyadri Hills, Maharashtra & Nelliampathy Hills, Kerala.

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