Drosera hirtella var. hirtella
Range: Southern-central Brazil
This South American species is likely a part of the D. capillaris complex, found in the southern-central parts of Brazil (particularly Goias, Bahia, Minas Gerais, and north to southern Tocantins) and possibly also reported from Bolivia, where it grows in seasonally moist sandy peat depressions or amongst sparse vegetation at a wide range of elevations. Plants may grow up to 5 cm or so across, developing flat rosettes of spatulate leaves; petioles are slightly tapered, somewhat pilose with stiff hairs, and the lamina are obovate to cuneate, with rounded tips. Coloration is green with light red tentacles, to bright orange-red throughout. Inflorescences are the most distinctive structure, tall and relatively thick with a distinct covering of large, stiff crimson-red hairs over a green to deep red stalk; they curve distinctly from the rosette center as well. Flowers are around 1 cm across, with small ovular pink petals. The red coloration of this varietal’s scape indumentum distinguishes it from the other variety, as well as the lighter typical color of the rosettes.
Cultivation: grow in a 3:1 sand/peat mix, kept very moist and moderately humid with temperatures of 70-85°F in summer, cooler at night. In winter, plants may enter dormancy and die back to roots; allow them to dry at this time and maintain them at slightly cooler temperatures around 60-75°F. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in strong artificial light to full sun.
Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces through seed, but can be grown through leaf and root cuttings.