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Drosera rotundifolia (Roundleaf sundew)
Cressler, Alan

Drosera rotundifolia

Drosera rotundifolia L.

Roundleaf sundew

Droseraceae (Sundew Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: DRRO

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

Insectivorous; white or pinkish flowers bloom near the bent end of a slender stalk that grows from a small basal rosette of reddish, sticky leaves.

The genus name, Greek for dewy, refers to the moist, glistening drops on the leaves, to which small organisms stick. Longer-stalked glands near the edge of a leaf slowly bend inward, securing and placing an entrapped organism in the digestive area of stalkless glands. Sundews are able to survive on nutrient-poor soils where other plants are at a disadvantage. A similar species, the Spatulate-leaved Sundew (D. leucantha, currently considered synonymous with D. brevifolia), has oval or spoon-shaped leaves. The very similar, northern Narrowleaf Sundew (D. anglica) has much narrower, erect leaves and only grows as far south as northern Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Dwarf Sundew (D. brevifolia), which has wedge-shaped leaves with shorter stalks in a more compact rosette, is a more southerly species, occurring in damp areas from southern North Carolina to Florida, and west to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AK , AL , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , MT , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: In the Sierra Nevada and northward; east from Washington across northern Montana and North Dakota and throughout eastern United States
Native Habitat: Swamps and bogs.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Aquatic: yes

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL
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:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2015-08-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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