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Drosera peltata Thunb.
Family Droseraceae
Drosera peltata Thunb. APNI*

Description: Tuberous herb to c. 50 cm high, red to olive-green; stems erect, usually simple, sometimes shortly branched, glabrous; tubers ovoid, up to 6 mm diam., pink to red (on surface), often in a papery sheath; vertical stolon 2–6 cm long.

Leaves often in a flat basal rosette and cauline. Basal leaves 4–11; lamina ovate to elliptic or rarely fan-shaped, orbicular or reniform, 1–4 mm long, 2–7 mm wide; petiole linear, 1–12 mm long. Cauline leaves alternate; lamina crescent-shaped with acute angles, 1–4.5 mm long, 1–5 mm wide; petiole 3–19 mm long.

Inflorescence a 1-sided raceme, 1–8- flowered; peduncle 1–5(–6) cm long; pedicels 1–10 mm long. Sepals ovate or elliptic, 1.5–6 mm long, 0.1–1.5 mm wide, densely pubescent (c. 5–30 hairs/mm2); margin fimbriate with glandular hairs up to 0.4 mm long. Petals obovate to cuneate, 2.5–5 mm long, 1.5–2.2 mm wide, white. Styles 3, 0.25–1 mm long, divided into c. 15–25 segments.

Seeds ovoid or obovoid, 0.4–0.8mm long, up to 0.3 mm diam.; testa shallowly reticulate.

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Flowering: April to February.

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in moist situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by Adapted from Gibson et al. (2012) by K.L.Gibbons, 22 June 2023.
Taxon concept: Gibson, R., Conn, B.J. & Bruhl, J.J. (2012). Morphological evaluation of the Drosera peltata complex (Droseraceae), Australian Systematic Botany 25: 49–80

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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