Discovery of different plant species from time to time proves the fact that Northeast India is indeed the biodiversity hotspot of the country. Recently a tiny flowering plant found at Shirui Kashung peak of Ukhrul district has turned out to be a carnivorous plant.
According to experts, this tiny carnivorous plant won’t affect the biodiversity of the Shirui Kashung peak. The plant grows up to 32 cm from nine cm from the ground, the finger-nail size five-petal white flower was spotted by a team comprising of flower and nature lovers during their recent visit to Shirui peak, 2835 m above sea level.
Later, the identity of the flower was established as Shield sundew (Drosera peltata), a carnivorous plant. It is popularly known as Paamgaa in Nepali and Kitas in Hindi. The flower is also available in other places, including valley of flowers in Uttarakhand.
Ten years old exclusive website (www.flowersofindia.net), which consist all the local names, pictures and descriptions of all the flowers found in India describes the plant clearly. The shield shaped leaves have hundreds of tentacles which hold a gland that produces the dew. The dew is very thick and sticky. When an insect gets stuck to some dew, more tentacles move to get more dew covered glands against the insect to keep it from escaping. The glands atop the tentacles secrete acids and enzymes which dissolve insects, the website said.