Image source: Fernando Rivadavia
Range: Angola-eastern Mozambique, south to South Africa
Recorded across most of south-central Africa (though portions of this range may yet be amended due to confusion with the several other long-stemmed central African taxa), this species often grows in grassy savannah to swampland regions that remain moist year-round. The stem can reach more than 90 cm in length, though only the last 10-20 cm tend to remain green and functioning; leaves are short, no more than 3 cm in length with short, whitish-pubescent parallel petioles held at roughly right angles to the stem, and curving ovate lamina to 1 cm long. Coloration is bright green to yellowish, with scarlet tentacles and sometimes crimson-blushed lamina. Inflorescences may reach up to 20 cm in length, relatively thick and covered in a similar pubescence to the petioles, with up to 20 or so flowers. The blooms are only up to 1 cm or so in diameter, with ovate, bright pink petals. This species can be distinguished from its relatives such as D. mdagascariensis by the erect inflorescence, heavy pubescence, shorter petioles, right-angle leaves even in senescence, and “rectangular” shaped seeds.
Cultivation; grow in a 2:1 peat/sand mix, kept moist to wet but preferably well-aerated, with temperatures of 60-90°F year round. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in strong artificial light to full sun.
Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces through seed and stem branching, but may also be cultivated by leaf cuttings.