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Drosera auriculata

Tall Sundew

Carnivorous plant with a tuberous root. Single erect stem (occasionally branched) to 50cm long but generally much less locally.

Additional information

  • SynonymDrosera peltata ssp. auriculata
  • FamilyDroseraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-80 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeafless at base, small sticky stem leaves, round to crescent-shaped 4-15 mm long.
  • Flower colourWhite to pale pink
  • Flowering timeAugust to December
  • FlowersLoose clusters of flowers at or near the end of the stem. Narrow seeds are up to 1.6 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist gravelly or rocky soils in forests which dry out in summer. Light frosts. Full sun to dappled shade.
  • Garden useInteresting plant amongst grasses in moist areas. Flowers are well displayed. Plants disappear after the growth period. Can be grown in containers.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesDrosera hookeri is very similar. It occurs in moist gullies and heathlands. Main distinguishing features are the flat basal leaves, hairy flower buds and oval seeds which are less than 1 mm long.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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