Drosera burmannii is a rosetted annual species widely distributed from Asia to Australia. It is usually associated with tropical climates, although it can be found down to Sydney, where it inhabits the inland semi-arid plains. The species has distinctive wedge shaped leaves and long snap tentacles. It is highly variable in colour, ranging from bright green to deep red, even at the same location
These photos are taken in early June in the Cumberland Plain of Sydney. The water table this year remains relatively high despite a dry autumn, allowing for the continued en-mass germination of Drosera burmannii at this site in Western Sydney. A higher proportion of specimens are vivid red in comparison to a month ago, perhaps in response to the reduced availability of prey as the weather cools down.
It can sometimes be confused with Drosera glanduligera, another anual species with somewhat similar morphology. Drosera burmannii can be distinguished by the shape of its leaves, which is forms more of a wedge shape, whereas the lamina of Drosera glanduligera is distinctively oval.