Rare, Insect Eating Plant Discovered in Worcester County

Botanists with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced the discovery of a new dwarf sundew near Nassawango Creek in Worcester County.

It’s not in the same family as the venus flytrap, but is a carnivorous plant. Researchers say they found it thriving in open areas with wet, peaty sand. Officials say the plant has a unique way of catching insect pray by using paddle shaped leaves to form a rosette with hairs that exudes a clear, sticky liquid, which attracts and traps various kinds of insects.

The Department of Natural Resources say there are other types of sundew in Maryland, but this is the firs time the draft sundew has been found in the state.