Seeds of South Australia
Drosera schmutzii (Droseraceae)
Schmutz's Sundew
List of species for Drosera
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Seed collecting:
August to October
Herbarium region:
Kangaroo Island
NRM region:
Kangaroo Island
IBRA region
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [endemic; more records from D whittakeri; grows in latteritic soils]
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. Schmutzii honours Father Erwin Schmutz SVD (Society of the Divine Word) of the German Catholic Centre, Collinswood South Australia who discovered this species. He is an accomplished and passionate field naturalist of flora, fauna and geology in Indonesia and South Australia.
Distribution:
Endemic to South Australia and restricted to Kangaroo Island, growing in buff-yellow sandy clay with laterite pebbles, with underlying sandstone.
Status:
Native. Uncommon in South Australia.
Plant description:
Small herb with a red stem tuber enclosed by multi-layered black sheath. Leaves annual in a semi-erect rosette, green or red, narrowly spathulate to 35 mm long and 15 mm wide. Inflorescence in centre of rosette with 2–7 flowers, pedicels to 4 cm long, arching in fruit, petals cuneate, truncate to shallowly notched, to 14 mm long and 9 mm white. Flowering between June and September.
Fruit type:
Brown ovoid to globose capsule to 8 mm diameter.
Seed type:
Gold oblong seed to 1 mm long and 0.8 mm wide, with a black met-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.