Drosera slackii

South Africa


Drosera slackii is a sundew from South Africa and is becoming more common in cultivation and collections.

Etymology: Drosera from Greek droseros ‘dewy’1. Slackii comes from Adrian Slack (1933-2018) the British plantsman and author.2

Drosera slackii is quite different from other South African species because it looks a lot rougher than your typical sundew. The bottom of the leaves are covered in thick red hairs and the tentacles are spaced out a bit further and are thicker than other sundews. They grow to at least 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. The plants also colour up red quicker than other sundews, comparably with Drosera venusta.


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