Drosera fimbriata Species Profile

Drosera fimbriata Species Profile

Drosera fimbriata is a fan-leaved tuberous sundew endemic to the south coast of Western Australia. The species is named for its whorls of fimbriated non-carnivorous leaves at the base of the stem.

Drosera fimbriata has a single erect stem that grows to around 15 cm in height. The leaves are borne singly or in loose whorls along the length of the stem. At the base of the stem, there are around three whorls of feathery non-carnivorous leaves. The flowers are white and borne on an inflorescence at the end of the stem. The main stem is usually bright green while the leaves are blood red.

The species has a scattered distribution along the south coast of Western Australia. It is mainly known in heathland habitats near the Manypeaks region east of Albany, where it inhabits deep white sand. It also grows on moss pads atop granite outcrops.

Drosera fimbriata is a member of the ‘fan-leaved’ sundews of the Drosera stolonifera complex. Its erect stem and whorled leaves are most similar to Drosera porrecta but it is distinguished from all other species by its non-carnivorous fimbriate leaves at the base.

Drosera fimbriata near Manypeaks
Detail of the non-carnivorous whorls of leaves
D. fimbriata growing in deep sand
Details of the flower
D. fimbriata on a moss pad atop a granite outcrop
A large population of D. fimbriata on a granite outcrop
A Setocoris sp. bug on D. fimbriata
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