Drosera hookeri R.P.Gibson, B.J.Conn & Conran

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 24: 39 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tuber ovoid. Stem erect, usually simple, sometimes branched, 2.5–25–(38) cm long, glabrous. Leaves in basal rosette and cauline; basal leaves appressed to the soil, often reduced, not peltate, petiole 3–17 mm long, lamina elliptic to reniform or hatchet-shaped with 2–11 mm diam.; cauline leaves 4–20 mm long, peltate, distally often in groups of 2–6, petiole 3–17 mm long, spreading or re-curved, glabrous, lamina suborbicular, lunate, (2–)4–10 mm diam.; stipules absent. Inflorescence terminal or subterminal, usually a one-sided raceme, 1–10-flowered; bracts narrowly ovate or ovate, c. 1mm long; pedicels 4–15 mm long; sepals 5, ovate, elliptic or obovate, 2–5 mm long, moderate to densely pubescent, rarely glabrous except for the ciliate margins, apex usually acute; petals 5, obovate, 3–7 mm long, white or pink, margins entire, emarginate or, rarely, fimbriate; styles 3, each 0.3–1.2 mm long, the upper half of each divided digitately several times. Seeds cylindrical to obovoid, 0.5–0.8 mm long deeply reticulate or pitted. Flowers Aug.–Nov.(–Jan.).

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Occurs in heathland, wet depressions in Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland, and moist gullies in forested areas.

This species has previously been included in Drosera peltata. It can be distinguished from D. peltata by the basal rosette remaining greenish, short and generally more robust stems, wider cauline leaves, and seeds that are more deeply reticulate or pitted. Furthermore flowers of D. hookeri may be white or pink, and sepals are sometimes less hairy, with hairs only along margins. Most Victorian records of D. peltata have been shown to belong to D. hookeri, with true D. peltata being confined to wet peaty soils of alps and lowland heaths.

Unusually robust plants with stems over 30 cm high have been reported from the Grampians (Gibson et al. 2012).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-03
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-07-17

Gibson, R., Conn, B.J. & Bruhl, J.J. (2012). Morphological evaluation of the Drosera peltata complex (Droseraceae), Austral. Syst. Bot. 25: 49-80.

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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 hookeri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Drosera hookeri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory