Common Name: Spoon-leaved Sundew.
Etymology: Drosera: from the Greek word ‘droseros’ meaning dewy. spatulata: Latin for spatula shaped.
Origin: Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Micronesia and New Guinea.
Description: Small insectivorous perennial herb with leaves arranged in a basal rosette. Roughly 4cm in diameter.
Foliage: Fleshy lamina spatulate narrowed to a broad flat petiole, forming a flat rosette around the base of the plant. Leaf 8–20 mm long and 4–6 mm wide. Leaf is covered in red sticky tentacles that is uses to attract and catch flies and other small insects.
Flowers: are on 1–5, 8cm tall erect scapes with up to 15 white or pink flowers all on one side, these are rarely branched. Pedicels 0.5–3 mm long. Calyx 2–5 mm long, deeply divided into narrow-oblong, acute lobes. Petals 3–6 mm long. Flowering from Spring to early Summer, given the right conditions, plant can go from seed to flowering in under 12 months.
Growth Requirements: Natural environment is wetland and heath. They prefer sunny, moist conditions, growing in poor soils. They will often pop up in wet newly cut roadside slopes, meadows and bogs.
Uses: Interesting carnivorous plant for growing in pots and probably a little more robust alternative to the Venus Flytrap.
Propagation: Propagates easily from seed, leaf cutting, root cutting and division. Use a nutrient free soil mix such as half peat and half perlite, without any fertilizer.
Sources of information:
- Mangroves to Mountains.
- Photography by Simon Schubert and Jason Schubert.