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 hairs of the glandular leaf laminae. Aberrans from Latin meaning to deviate or astray from the norm.
Found in South-east  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.