Drosera auriculata Backh. ex Planch.

Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., Ser. 3, 9: 295 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tuber more or less globose. Stems erect, usually simple, sometimes shortly branched, 9–60 cm long, glabrous. Leaves in basal rosette and cauline; basal leaves appressed to the soil, often reduced, deciduous or apparently absent, not peltate, petiole 5–17 mm long, lamina orbicular to reniform with 2–6 mm diam.; cauline leaves 5–19 mm long, peltate, distally often in groups of 2–6, petiole 5–17 mm long, spreading or re-curved, glabrous, lamina suborbicular to lunate, 2–6 mm diam.; stipules absent. Inflorescence terminal or subterminal, a one-sided raceme, 2–14-flowered; bracts narrowly ovate or ovate, c. 1mm long; pedicels 1–14 mm long; sepals 5, ovate, elliptic or rarely obovate, 2–6 mm long, glabrous, margin entire to erose; petals 5, obovate, 3–10 mm long, white or, more commonly pale pink; styles 3, each 0.6–1.4 mm long, the upper half of each divided digitately several times. Seeds cylindrical, 0.8–1.6 mm long, shallowly reticulate. Flowers (Jul.–)Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs in dry to damp areas, often among rocks in forested areas, frequently in gravelly soils.

Formerly treated as a subspecies of Drosera peltata. It is principally distinguished from the closely related D. peltata and D. hookeri by its longer, cylindrical seeds, glabrous sepals, and generally longer style and petals.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1996). Droseraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Drosera peltata subsp. auriculata (Backh. ex Planch.) Conn).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Droseraceae
genus Drosera
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Drosera auriculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Drosera auriculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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