Drosera capillaris

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Drosera capillaris
Drosera capillaris, flower

Drosera capillaris , flower

Nuclear eudicotyledons
Order : Clove-like (Caryophyllales)
Family : Sundew family (Droseraceae)
Genre : Sundew ( Drosera )
Type : Drosera capillaris
Scientific name
Drosera capillaris

Drosera capillaris is a carnivorous plant of the genus sundew ( Drosera ).


Drosera capillaris is a perennial, herbaceous plant with a diameter of two to seven centimeters.


The plant forms a rosette lying flat on the ground. The up to 24 millimeters long and five millimeters wide leaf stalks change into up to twelve millimeters long and four millimeters wide, conversely egg to lanceolate leaf blades. The otherwise green leaves turn red in strong sunlight.


Drosera capillaris

Drosera capillaris flowers and produces fruit all year round. One to three hairless inflorescences are formed per plant with a height of up to 21 centimeters and up to fifteen flowers per inflorescence. These stand on short (around one millimeter long) flower stalks, the 1 to 1.5 millimeter long, linear bracts are wine-red.

The flowers are five-fold and up to one centimeter in diameter. The sepals are two to four millimeters long. The petals are pink (in English the species is called "Pink Sundew"), occasionally white. The seed is elongated.

Chromosome number

The number of chromosomes is 2n = 20.


Drosera capillaris is the most widespread sundew species of the neotropics . It can be found from the southeast of the USA (Texas, Florida, Virginia, but also disjoint in Tennessee) over the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago) to the east coast of Central and South America (Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay).

It grows in wet pine forests, in wet sand, mostly near the coast or on rivers and forms colonies. In the USA it often covers large areas like a carpet together with Drosera brevifolia , it can also be found in the company of pitcher plants , fatty herbs and water hoses .

The species is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants of 1997 as Rare out (= rare).


  • Mireya D. Correa A., Tânia Regina dos Santos Silva: Drosera (Droseraceae) (= Flora neotropica. 96). New York Botanical Garden, New York NY 2005, ISBN 0-89327-463-1 .
  • Ludwig Diels : Droseraceae (= The Plant Kingdom . 26 = 4, 112, ZDB -ID 846151-x ). Engelmann, Leipzig 1906, p. 109.
  • Donald E. Schnell: Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada. 2nd Edition. Timber Press, Portland OR 2002, ISBN 0-88192-540-3 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Drosera capillaris at Tropicos.org. In: IPCN Chromosome Reports . Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Web links

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