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  1. Family: Droseraceae Salisb.
    1. Drosera L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.


    Droseraceae, J. R. Laudon. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Annual or perennial insectivorous herbs, caulescent or acaulescent, with pseudo-roots on which tubers are sometimes formed.
    Leaves in a basal rosette or caulescent and alternate, the lamina provided with sticky glands which trap small insects.
    Inflorescence 1- to many-flowered, racemose or cymose.
    Sepals, petals and stamens usually 5, rarely 4–8.
    Ovary 3–5-carpellary; styles 3–5; ovules on 3–5 parietal placentas.
    Seeds small and numerous.

    Droseraceae, J.R. Laundon. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1959

    Mostly perennial herbs
    Leaves in a basal rosette or in whorls, the blades provided with sticky glands which in most species are situated towards the margin of the upper surface and which trap small insects
    Inflorescence 1–many-flowered, racemose or cymose
    Sepals and petals usually 5, rarely 4 or 8
    Stamens 5–20
    Ovary of 3–5 carpels; styles 3–5
    Fruit a capsule with 3–5 valves
    Seeds small and numerous.



    Native to:

    Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Altay, Amur, Angola, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina South, Arkansas, Assam, Austria, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burkina, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Central European Rus, Chad, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Congo, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Falkland Is., Finland, Florida, France, Free State, French Guiana, Føroyar, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hainan, Hawaii, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iowa, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Labrador, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Louisiana, Madagascar, Magadan, Maine, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Netherlands, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Sakhalin, Saskatchewan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Australia, South Carolina, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Drosera L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Cribb, P. [A.O.F. 54], Australia 45459.003
    Stannard, B. [H52792], Brazil 58993.000
    Hind, D.J.N. [H50900], Brazil 57982.000
    Glaziou [21121], Brazil K001204976


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 281 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Lowrie, A. & al. (2017). Drosera of the World 1: 1-528. Redfern Natural History publications, Polle, England.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Diels in Engl. Pflanzenr. Droserac. (1906).
    • —F.T.A. 2: 401

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 136 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 1: 281 (1753)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Diels in E.P. IV. 112: 61 (1906)
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 136 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 281 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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    Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China
    The Malesian Key Group (2010) Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China (Version 2.0, 28 Jul 2010) The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland Leiden and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
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