Seeds of South Australia
Drosera aberrans (Droseraceae)
Scented Sundew
List of species for Drosera
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Seed collecting:
September to November
Herbarium regions:
Murray, South Eastern
NRM regions:
South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Least Concern
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern   [could be increasing]
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern   [could be increasing]
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range, Monarto CP]
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [limited habitat]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern   [persists, even in degraded land]
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Drosera]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Drosera from the Greek 'droseros' meaning dewy; alluding to the glistening of the glandular leaf laminae. Aberrans from Latin meaning to deviate or astray from the norm.
Found in the South-east in South Australia, from around Murray Bridge, growing in heathlands and open forests on a range of soils. Also found in New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in New South Wales. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Perennial, geophytic, colony-forming herb with a red stem tuber enclosed by multi-layered black sheath; leaves annual in a flat rosette, green or red, broadly spathulate to 35 mm long and 15 mm wide. Flowers white up to 7. Flowering between July and September.
Fruit type:
Green brown ovoid to globose capsule to 8 mm diameter.
Seed type:
Black angular ovoid-cylindrical seed to 1.5 mm long, with a mesh-like surface.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsules, those that are fat, hard, turning brown and contain black seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.