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Utricularia dichotoma


Drosera binata

Drosera pygmaea

 

"Beautiful,        

          - but deadly!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


© The New Zealand Carnivorous Plant Society

DROSERA BINATA

 

Drosera binata is the only species of sundew with forked leaves and is New Zealand's largest representative of the genus. Plants begin growth in early spring from a resting bud on the surface of the soil. The erect leaves grow rapidly unfurling like fern fronds and reach full size (to 30cm tall) after the first one or two leaves. Often the first leaves are forked only once but in some forms may eventually fork 6 times forming 12 leaf tips or points. Plants may flower several times from late spring through to early autumn. The scape reaches 2-3 times the height of the leaves and forks several times near the top bearing up to 25 white, white tinged with pink or yellow/green flowers 11-22mm across. In autumn the leaves slowly wither and die leaving only the resting bud behind, which can withstand frosts and occasional snow.

Habitat -
Peatlands and bogs, seepages, lake margins, drainage ditches and poor sandy or clay soils.

Distribution -

Common throughout the North, South and Stewart Islands below about 1000m alt. Also found on the Chatham Islands as well as many smaller offshore islands. Also found in South, Eastern and Western Australia and Tasmania.


Drosera binata


PHOTO GALLERY

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A dense clump of flowering plants. Lake Ruapani, Urewera National Park,North Island (January).

 

 

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Plants growing in open peat burns. Kopuatai Peat Dome, North Island (November).

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Plants growing in open peat burns. Kopuatai Peat Dome, North Island (November).

 

 

 

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Plants growing in open peat burns. Kopuatai Peat Dome, North Island (November).

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Plants growing in open peat burns. Kopuatai Peat Dome, North Island (November).

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Single plant growing in wet clay in old gold mining areas. Neavesville, Coromandel Ranges, North Island (November).

 

 

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Multi-pointed leaves are common where plants are competing with dense vegetation. Far North, North Island (January).

 

 

 

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Single plant growing in wet clay in old gold mining areas. Neavesville, Coromandel Ranges, North Island (November).

 

 

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An extensive colony of plants. Lake Ruapani, Urewera National Park,North Island (January).

 

All habitat photographs and line drawings courtesy of Bruce Salmon, bsalmon@orcon.net.nz