Drosera spatulata Labill.

Rosy Sundew

Nov. Holl. PI. 1: 79, t. 106 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tuber absent. Stem reduced. Leaves appressed to the soil in a basal rosette; lamina obovate-spathulate, narrowed to the broad flat petiole, together 8–20 mm long, 3–6 mm wide; stipules narrow, 5–7 mm long, laciniate. Inflorescences 1–5 one-sided racemes, rarely branched, to 24 cm long, c. 3–15-flowered, glandular; bracts more or less linear, 1–2.5 mm long; pedicels 0.5–3 mm long; sepals 5, narrowly ovate, 2–5 mm long, appearing glabrous (although sparsely covered with minute glands); petals 5, obovate to spathulate, 1.5–6 mm long, white or pink; styles 3, each once divided from the base to form 6 blunt ascending lobes. Flowers mainly Dec.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HSF, OtP, VVP. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Occurs in wetlands and heath communities.

Suspected to be poisonous to livestock.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Droseraceae
genus Drosera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Drosera spatulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Drosera spatulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory