Seeds of South Australia
Drosera praefolia (Droseraceae)
Early Sundew
List of species for Drosera
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Seed collecting:
July to August
Herbarium regions:
Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island
IBRA regions
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii); D2)   (Probable Decline)   [restricted habitat; pops in Deep Ck, Cape Jervis; weeds a threat]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii); D2)   (Probable Decline)   [restricted habitat; pop in Mt Bold declining; weeds a threat]
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 glandular hairs of the leaf laminae. Praefolia from the Latin 'prae' meaning before and 'folium' meaning leaf; alluding to the fact that the flowers appear on a terminal inflorescence before the leaves.
Endemic to South Australia and found on Kangaroo Island and the southern Mount Lofty Ranges.
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Small herb with a white stem tuber enclosed by multi-layered black sheath. Leaves annual, in a flat rosette, green or red, obovate to 16 mm long and 12 mm wide; margins involute when young. Inflorescence emerging before rosette, with 1–10 flowers; decumbent underneath the rosette foliage in fruit; sepals to 5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, petals cuneate, truncate to shallowly notched to 8 mm by 4 mm, white. Flowering between March and July.
Fruit type:
Red-brown ovoid to globose capsule to 8 mm diameter.
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.