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Drosera filiformis in Florida, 2010

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With only about half the day left, we visited three sites in rapid succession. My favorite of the three was a lake I had visited two years earlier.

The route I had taken previously included a passage through the bottom of a dry lakebed; we were pretty sure that during this wet year such a path would include a lengthy swim. After much discussion, we charted a new route and thanks to my GPS, it was an uneventful 1-km amble.

Here is a view from the lake, at a water-depth of about three feet. You can see that the Drosera grow far enough from the water's edge to be protected from too much inundation. Even so, many of the lower plants were completely submerged. I wonder about their mortality---how long can they stand being aquatic?

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