General: Insect-eating perennial herb; stems erect, 5-25 cm tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves erect or ascending, the blades rounded, 6-12 mm long and about as wide, the stalks 2-9 cm long, hairy, the long, reddish blade-hairs on upper surface stalked with gland-tipped, sticky, insect-trapping fluid; stem leaves lacking.
Flowers: Inflorescence of raceme-like terminal cymes of 1-8 flowers, opening in full sun in a coiled cluster on one side of the stem; petals white, 6-10 mm long; calyces 4-6 mm long, fused to at least 1/3 their length.
Fruits: Capsules, many seeded; seeds 1-1.5 mm long, spindle-shaped, light brown.
Swamps, bogs, fens, wet meadows and lakeshores in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common along the coast, less frequent elsewhere in BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to MN, AL, FL, NV and CA; Greenland, Iceland, Eurasia.
A very shade-intolerant, submontane to subalpine, circumpolar forb (transcontinental in North America). Occurs on wet to very wet. nitrogen-poor soils (Mor humus forms) within boreal, cool temperate, and cool mesothermal climates. Sporadic in non-forested. semi-terrestrial communities on water-collecting sites amidst Sphagnum species in peat bogs. An oxylophytic species characteristic of nutrientpoor wetlands.
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