Seeds of South Australia
Drosera gracilis (Droseraceae)
Shield Sundew
List of species for Drosera
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, South East
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. Gracilis from Latin meaning slender.
Distribution:
Found in the few location on the Fleuriea Peninsula and the lower South-east in South Australia, growing in seasonally wet and swampy areas. Also found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Status:
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon in New South Wales and Victoria. Common in Tasmania.
Plant description:
Erect perennial herb, rhizome erect, arising from a globose tuber. Leaves, stems and tubers red. Rosette leaves soil-appressed, leaves 3–5 mm in diameter, semi-orbicular-lunate. Inflorescence slender, solitary, unbranched, frequently leafless in the upper half, scape ending in a terminal raceme with 2–5-flowers. Sepals black, to 3.5 mm long, narrow elliptical, hairy. Petals pink or white, to 4.5 mm long, obovate. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Brown globose capsule to 5 mm diameter, erect, enclosed in persistent sepals.
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.