Drosera pilosa

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Range: Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania

 

A rare tropical African sundew, this species has thus far been recorded from countries on both coasts of the central continent, but likely is spread throughout the African tropics in high mountain bogs, marshes, and seepage locations; currently it is recorded only above 2,000 meters in elevation, though potentially is found lower in suitable habitat as well. Plants grow as flat rosettes a maximum of 6 cm across (though often far smaller), with a narrow, slightly tapered petiole often densely covered in pilose hairs (hence the name) on both sides and a broad, triangular to orbiculate lamina that widens abruptly at the end of the petiole. Coloration ranges from bright green with red tints and tentacles to sometimes solid scarlet. Inflorescences are up to 16 cm tall and very thin, wiry, and covered in small hairs, and bear up to 6 blooms. Flowers are up to 1.2 cm in diameter, with ovular pink to near-purple petals. This species is often confused with the more common tropical D. burkeana, but differs in its characteristic indumentum.

 

Cultivation: grow in a 1:1 peat/perlite mix, kept very moist to even wet (though preferably well-aerated) and humid, with temps of 70-85°F, year round (cooler nights may benefit it). Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in strong artificial light to full sunlight.

 

Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces through seed, and can be grown through leaf cuttings.

 

Sources: http://www.fleischfressendepflanzen.de/img/db/Drosera_pilosa/Drosera_pilosa_884.jpg

https://plants.jstor.org/compilation/Drosera.pilosa