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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

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
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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