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Drosera condor

Range: Cordillera del Condor, Andes on the Peru/Ecuador border

 

A rare highland sundew described in 2016 by Gonella, Fleischmann, and Rivadavia, this plant is endemic to a series of outcrops and valleys in a narrow border mountain range in the Andes dividing Peru and Ecuador. It often grows on open rock or bare sandy soils on slopes among low shrubby vegetation, famously on the endemic-rich sandstone crests in Cerro Machinaza. Plants can grow up to 10 cm tall, with short stems and erect linear leaves to 7 cm long, narrow and semi-pilose with long petioles and 2 cm lamina similar in shape to D. capensis. Typically only up to 4 leaves are ever active on any one plant at a time. Color is often heavily red flushed to solid blood red or maroon throughout. Flower stalks may more than double the height of the plant, bearing distinct sparse hairs along its length. Flowers are few, up to 2 cm across with roughly obovate, flat-tipped light to deep pink petals. It is separated from its close relative D. cendeensis by possessing a single leaf form and narrower, hairier and sparser leaves.

 

Cultivation: Grow in a very sandy or otherwise heavily aerated peat or sphagnum soil, kept just moist and moderately humid, with temperatures of no higher than 80°F day, 45-55°F night, year round. Seasonal changes in moisture may help to trigger flowering. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in very strong artificial light to full sun.

 

Lifespan and reproduction: Perennial. Reproduces through seeds, possibly division, and may be propagable via leaf pullings.

 

Sources: http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1007/s00606-016-1341-3?author_access_token=PyA_BILLxxMjAcGWms30_ve4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4RYHXYCr8_tbn9yaaNFYgzKJjtZ9K7ia-BDuwwQhJlEMNRBcPwDglOc0Zl2FBPXN93cdJytR2mXjY7ayJsonZIUhPT44fb-it4u_zdnT5icQ%3D%3D