Drosera silvicola Species Profile

Drosera silvicola Species Profile

Drosera silvicola is a pygmy sundew endemic to the Darling Scarp. The sundew is named after its forested habitat (silva = woodland, -cola = inhabiting).

Drosera silvicola is one of the largest pygmy sundews, with a raised rosette that grows up to 3 cm in diameter. This rosette is raised on a stem that reaches up to 4.5 cm in height. The petioles are long, with laminae that are strappy and reflexed upwards. The flower scape is sparsely covered in the upper sections with small glands. The flowers are pink with three terete styles.

The species grows on the slopes of large hills in Jarrah Woodland within the Darling Scarp west of Perth. On these slopes, it inhabits laterite rubble, often in between leaf litter. The species blooms in November and goes dormant in summer.

Drosera silvicola has a superficial resemblance to Drosera barbigera, which also has a large rosette atop a stem. It is easily distinguished by its pink flowers (those of D. barbigera are orange) and habitat on slopes within Jarrah forest (D. barbigera inhabits exposed hilltops amongst low heath). The upwards-reflexed leaves are somewhat similar to D. scorpioides, which also grows in similar habitat in the Perth Hills. Drosera silvicola generally has a fuller rosette with more active leaves (Drosera scorpioides tends to hold less dewy leaves) and has small glands on the flower stalk (D. scorpioides has long woolly hairs on the flower stalk).

Close Menu