Drosera belongs to the family Droseraceae and was classified by Carl Linaeus in 1753. Drosera comes from the Greek meaning Dew. There are over 104 species of Drosera in the world.
Sundews exist all over the world, from bogs to semi-arid deserts, and even in the UK. Drosera are amongst the easist of all Carnivorous plants to grow. The largest Drosera can grow to 1.5m and the smallest to grow is 1cm.
Sundews secrete a very sticky substance on the ends of mobile tentacles; once the insect is caught these tentacles transport the insect to the centre of the leaf where digestion begins. In some species the leaf can fold around the insect as well.