Alpine Flower a Day: Sundew

Alpine Flower a Day: Day 21, Sundew (Drosera arcturi)

– the hairy little insect-trapping fingers are about 3cm long

– growing on the edges of the tarn on route to Granity Hut, Kahurangi National Park





My sundew heart (according to Wikipedia)


grows in bogs, tarns and seepages,

at montane or alpine elevations

and is commonly found unfolding

in a red insectivorous dance

amongst the watery stars

of spagnum moss.


It is found in alpine areas

from the fish of Māui to the waters

of greenstone to the glowing skies.


It is found above 1500m altitude

in the North

descending to sea level

in the South.


It is found (to my revelation)

in the high country of southeastern

Australia, and in Tasmania

where it is occasionally found

down to sea level (uncommon).


My sundew heart is often found blooming

in family clumps, alongside fairy aprons.[3]



Fairy apron (Utricularia dichotoma) with sundew - photo by darmozrac on iNaturalist

Note on poem: I did steal a lot of the language from Wikipedia's entry on our wee friend the sundew. It's a good way to write a poem when you sit down after a long weekend on a writing retreat with friends and think what the hell am I going to write about today. Just borrow a few words from the world. You should try it sometime. I've ending up spending an hour playing around with line-breaks and adding some tasty language. Oh and I discovered that delightful new flower the fairy apron. So fun!


If you're interested in the inspiration behind this month-long series of 'An Alpine Flower A Day' about NZ alpine flowers and poems, you can find more in my first post: An Alpine Flower A Day Enjoy!


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