Drosera indica L.

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Drosera indica

Photo: Bart Wursten

Drosera indica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

Drosera indica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

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Common names: Sundew (English)
Status: Native
Annual insectivorous herb. Stem up to 50 cm long. Leaves alternate along the stem, linear, 1-10 cm long, covered in long sticky glands to trap insects. Flowers in 3-20-flowered lateral heads, pink to purple.
Notes: Easily distinguished from the other species by its linear leaves.
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In wet, shallow soil overlying rock and in wet mud in swamps, pools and streams.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Also in Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indo-China, China, Japan, Malaysia and Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Laundon, J.R. (1978). Droseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 64 - 67. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

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Flora of Mozambique: Drosera indica
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drosera indica
African Plant Database: Drosera indica
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JSTOR Plant Science: Drosera indica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drosera indica
Plants of the World Online: Drosera indica
Tropicos: Drosera indica
Wikipedia: Drosera indica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Drosera indica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124770, retrieved 18 May 2024

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