Home   About Us   FAQ  
Searching   Image Use Plant Books
FloraFinder uses cookies only for correct operation. More info. Okay

Drosera intermedia Hayne

Spatulate-leaved sundew, oblong-leaved sundew, spoonleaf sundew

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderNepenthalesCarniverous (or more precisely insectiverous) plants
FamilyDroseraceaeSundews and related plants
GenusDroseraFrom Greek drosus, “dew”
SpeciesintermediaIntermediate, indicating an observation that a species was probably considered as being halfway or partway between two others with regard to some particular characteristic, e.g. tall, short, and “intermediate”

About plant names...

Spoonleaf sundew is native to Europe, southeastern Canada, the eastern half of the United States, Cuba, and northern South America. Sundew secretes a sugary nectar that attracts insects into small pods. If the insect grazes against strategically-placed trigger hairs more than once, this marvelously fiendish plant snaps the pod shut, trapping the insect in a sticky mucilage. It slowly digests the bug, extracting nitrogen and other nutrients that are not available in its natural environment.

Identification: Sundews are very small, 2-8" (5-20 cm) high, inhabiting bogs near coasts. These inconspicuous reddish-looking plants are easily missed, but amazing at close range. Flowers are white or pale pink, with 5 petals, ¼" (6.3 mm) wide. The insect-trapping pods have sticky hairs along the top edges that interlock above the bug, completing the trap.

Drosera intermedia (spatulate-leaved sundew, oblong-leaved sundew, spoonleaf sundew)

Photo by Zeimusu, Ashdown Forest, near Broadstone Visitor Center, UK, 6/29/2008.

If you are curious about carnivorous plants, visit the Carniverous Plant FAQ.

Online References:

Skye Flora

Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods

The Carnivorous Plant FAQ, courtesy of the International Carnivorous Plant Society

The Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Minnesota Wildflowers



The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Drosera intermedia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

© FloraFinder.org. All rights reserved.


Drosera intermedia (spatulate-leaved sundew, oblong-leaved sundew, spoonleaf sundew)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
≈ 5 × 4½" (12 × 11 cm)

Drosera intermedia (spatulate-leaved sundew, oblong-leaved sundew, spoonleaf sundew)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)


About this map...