Droseraceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small perennial or annual, insectivorous herbs. Primary root often reduced, with tubers or small rhizomes. Leaves spiral, sometimes whorled, often in a basal rosette; lamina with insect-trapping glandular hairs. Inflorescence terminal, axillary or lateral; stipules present or absent. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic; calyx, corolla and androecium 4- or 5-merous; sepals shortly united at base; petals free, persistent; stamens free, alternating with petals, anthers bilocular, opening outwards by longitudinal slits; ovary superior, unilocular, 3–5 carpellate; placentation parietal; ovules many; styles as many as placentas, free or fused, often divided. Fruit a loculicidal capsule within a persistent calyx; seeds many, small, endospermic.

4 genera with c. 100 species in temperate and tropical countries; 2 genera with c. 55 species in Australia.

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
Higher taxa
family Droseraceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Drosera