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Drosera brevifolia (Dwarf sundew)
Cressler, Alan

Drosera brevifolia

Drosera brevifolia Pursh

Dwarf Sundew, Spatulate-leaved Sundew

Droseraceae (Sundew Family)

Synonym(s): Drosera annua, Drosera leucantha

USDA Symbol: DRBR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Sundew is an insectivorous plant with a unique way of catching its prey. The paddle-shaped leaves of the sundew form a rosette at the base, greenish to reddish and densely covered on the upper surface with hairs exuding a clear, sticky liquid which attracts and traps various kinds of insects. There are several flower buds at the end of a single, delicate stem, 4-5 inches tall, and they open one at a time. They have 5 pale pink petals, 3/8 inch long and almost round.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Pale pink to white.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KS , KY , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Drosera brevifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Drosera brevifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Drosera brevifolia


Record Modified: 2023-02-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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