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Range: Southern Venezuela, Rio Coro-Coro Valley


A very rare Latin American sundew, this plant is an endemic to a singular valley in south-central Venezuela and is named after the Yutaje Plateau adjacent, where it grows at 600-1800 meters in elevation on shallow soils over sandstone near permanent streams or seeps. This species grows as an acaulescent rosette to just over 4 cm across, with squat flat to just barely semi-erect spatulate leaves. Petioles are short and parallel, moderately pilose abaxially, and lamina are oblong to obovate with a similarly pilose rear surface. Color is typically a uniform light green to yellowish with red tentacles, but can also lean toward orange or slightly red-flushed in the lamina. Scapes may reach 25 cm tall, glabrous, and may bear up to 30 blooms. Flowers are up to 1 cm across, with obovate bright pink petals. This plant is thought to possibly be closely related to, maybe even a link between, D. hirticalyx and D. roraimae, and can be distinguished from these and other species by the taller and more floriferous glabrous inflorescences, and typically stemless growth form with broader obovate lamina.


Cultivation: grow in a 2:1 sand/peat soil, kept very moist to wet but well aerated and humid, with temps of 60-90°F day, cooler at night, year round. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in strong artificial light to full sun.


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



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