Drosera darwinensis

South Africa


Drosera aliciae, the Alice sundew, is a very common species in cultivation. It's native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.

Etymology: Drosera from Greek droseros ‘dewy’1. Aliciae comes from Alice Rasse. Raymond Hamet (1890-1972) published the first description of this sundew in the "Journal de Botanique", giving it its Latin name. In a footnote - appropriately in those days in Latin - he writes that he's named it in honor of Dr Alice Rasse, who had encouraged him to study this 'section' of the sundew family2.


The D. aliciae flowers are relatively big (1,5 cm or 0.6-inch in diameter) compared to other species like D. nidiformis, natalensis or capensis. They're bright pink, almost a neon pink under bright lights with sometimes a dark ring in the middle, and have 5-6 petals. The stamens are a lot shorter than the pistil and they are the same height or higher than over the ovary.

The pistil is divided into 3-4 styles, which are each split at the base into two. Every split style again splits into two stigmas at the tip.

Every flower only stays open for a few hours, even under artificial lights and is self-pollinating.


Drosera aliciae seeds are relatively long. They have a long point at both ends and no clear dark middle. One side is a bit more transparent than the middle and the other end. This causes one side to show a little bit more yellow. The dark side is often a little twisted. The seeds contain a brick- or fishnet pattern on the outside.