Drosera scorpioides

Southwest Australia


Drosera scorpioides is native to the Jarrah Forest region and southern coasts of Southwest Australia.

Etymology: Drosera from Greek droseros 'dewy' 1. Scorpioides means 'scorpion-like' 2, which is possibly a reference to the extreme bend in the lamina that resembles the way a scorpion's tail is bent.

Drosera scorpioides is one of the biggest pygmy sundews and can reach a height of 10 cm (4 inches) and a diameter of about 5 cm (2 inches). The plant is easily recognisable because of its unique leaf structure. The most obvious feature is the extremely bent leaf lamina, which has an angle of about 60°. The lamina is covered in different length tentacles. The ones in the middle of the leaf are quite short, but the ones on the outer edges are very long, possibly the longest of any sundew species.

The petiole is covered in hairs with glands. It's not very obvious when looking at the plant with the naked eye, but a loupe makes them easily visible.

The centre of the plant contains broad white hairs that are split into multiple tips.

Note the glands all over the petiole.


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