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Drosera stolonifera

A species with mostly 2-3 semi-erect stems reaching up to 15 cm in length. The stems arise from a basal rosette always located on the substrate surface (in contrast to D. porrecta). The inflorescence also arises from the basal rosette and in some cases additionally from the leaf axil along the upper parts or the apex of the semi-erect stems. The tuber is red.

The stolon arises from the tuber vertically, but then bends horizontally prior to breaking through the substrate surface (see pictures below). This habit is shared with D. purpurascens and to some extent with D. humilis. D. stolonifera differs from D. purpurascens in size, additional leaves produced from the basal rosette (present in D. purpurascens, absent in D. stolonifera) and the observation that non-flowering specimens are often branched in D. stolonifera whereas non-flowering D. purpurascens often produce only one leafy stem.

You can find a full description of this species here: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/science/nuytsia/412.pdf (the download may be slow): Lowrie, A taxonomic revision of Drosera section Stolonifera (Droseraceae) from south-west Western Australia, Nuytsia 15(3): 355393 (2005); (file size 3.9 MB)

tubers

tubers

Tubers of D. stolonifera. Some forms of this species can produce tubers measuring more than 3 cm in diameter.

 

 



horizontal stolon with emerging tip

horizontal stolon with emerging tip

horizontal stolon with emerging tip

emerging plant

This species produces a horizontal stolon just below the surface and the plant emerges in some distance from the tuber.

 

 

emerging plant

emerging plant

Emerging plants

 

 

emerging plant branching into 3 stems. The inflorescense arrises from the center of the rosette

adult plant

single stem

flower buds

D. stolonifera has a basal rosette at substrate surface. Several stems and an inflorescence emerge from its center.

 

 

adult plant

Flowering plant. Note that the plant is not fully developed yet

flower

adult plant

This species flowers while the plant is not fully developed.

 

 





 

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