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The round-leaved sundew sports reddish leaves that appear like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss children’s book. Less than two inches high, the leaves are covered with hair-like projections that secrete a dewy substance. When an insect lands on the leaf, it becomes trapped in the sticky liquid. The sundew then enfolds its prey and slowly digests it.

Bugs: beware the beautiful sundew

Listed under the heading, “Curious Fleshy Plants with Specialized Growth Habits,” in the “Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs” is the magnificent and miniature round-leaved sundew. One of a group of insectivorous (insect-eating) plants, the delicate and deadly plant grows primarily in acidic bogs, swamps and marshes.

Of no harm to humans, this plant was used in the past as teas or in tinctures to treat asthma, bronchitis and arteriosclerosis. Its juices were used to treat corns and warts and it contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

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This one’s a keeper

“Good vibrations, great citations”

— The Beach Boys, 1970s

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Comments sought on adding brook trout to action plan

PENNSYLVANIA—The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is inviting public comment on adding naturally reproducing eastern brook trout to the State Wildlife Action Plan, the document that prescribes conservation measures for species and their critical habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect and restore.

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