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Drosera brevifolia

Dwarf Sundew

Scientific Name:

Drosera brevifolia

Genus:

Drosera

Species Epithet:

brevifolia

Common Name:

Dwarf Sundew

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Droseraceae (Sundew Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, other wet sandy sites, rarely in seepage over rock outcrops. Common in NC Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Carnivorous. It's really hard to tell a very young D. capillaris from a D. brevifolia. Schnell's CPs of the US & Canada says, "[D. brevifolia] has a very short petiole and a wedge-shaped leaf tapering nearly back to the rosette center. The easiest identification marker for the beginner is the scape of D. brevifolia, which is gland-bearing, whereas the other two species with which it may be confused [D. capillaris and D. rotundifolia] have smooth scapes."

Plant

image

© Philip Semanchuk

Flower

image

Paynter, Wilmington, April 17, 2012

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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