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Drosera cucullata

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Range: Prince Regent River to Wyndham, Kimberleys, NW Australia

Part of the “indica complex,” this species is endemic to the Kimberleys of northwestern Australia, where it grows in sandy soils anywhere that moisture may seasonally accumulate, including creek banks, ditches, and sandstone seeps. It can reach more than 30 cm tall with leaves nearly 14 cm long, linear and tapering from base to tip with a distinct petiole region. Color is green to faintly red tinged particularly on old leaves, tentacles colorless. Flowers are borne on short pedicels along a wiry stalk, relatively small and white to pale mauve with a very distinct set of blood red, broad and hooded deltoid stamens. This species can be recognized by the presence of these along with a series of small but distinct knobby red trichomes lining the underside of the petioles and leaf lamina, sometimes in a stripe down the midrib.

Cultivation: Grow in a sandy peat soil, kept moist to wet and moderately humid with hot temperatures at all times. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in full sun.

Lifespan and reproduction: Annual. Reproduces through seeds only; cuttings not reported successful.


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Close-up details of the glands on the backs of the leaves and red-flushed tones of the midrib.

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