Drosera intricata Species Profile

Drosera intricata Species Profile

Drosera intricata is an erect tuberous species endemic to coastal WA. It is named for its thin, stringy stems which are often tangled with each other (intricatus = entangled)

Drosera intrrcata has a scrambling stem that grows up to around 40 cm in length. The stem is glabrous. The leaves are produced in sets of three, with slightly crescent-shaped laminae flattened towards the top. The flowers are sulfur yellow in colour and the sepals are hairy. The plants often scramble upon other vegetation to elevate the flower stem.

The species is associated with water, growing in clayey substrates at the margins of watercourses, creek beds, swamps and seepages. It is distributed across the entire south west of WA from the Swan Coastal Plain, east to the Darling Scarp, across the Wheatbelt to the Bremer Bay area.

The yellow-coloured flowers of D. intricata are uncommon amongst sundews. It distinguished from other tall, yellow-flowered sundews by a combination of a glabrous stem and hairy sepals (D. subhirtella has hairy stems and hairy sepals, D. moorei has glabrous stems and glabrous sepals).

Flowers of Drosera intricata
Note the hairy sepals and glabrous stems
Drosera intricata in sedges at the periphery of a shallow swamp

Drosera neesii in the Perth Hills. Note the bi-lobed lamina, which has a crescentic shape.
A single specimen of Drosera neesii in the Perth Hills. Plants are self supporting. The local form had a thin central stem, which I understand to be dissimilar from plants elsewhere.
In the Perth Hills, the species grows in moist clearings at the edge of Jarrah Forest.
Drosera neesii growing in the Perth Hills
Drosera neesii.
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