SAPS - Carnivorous plants (Drosera) and Darwin

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Darwin’s work on carnivorous plants
Darwin’s drawing of rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera capensis
Drosera and captured moth
Cultivation
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Grow in peat
Keep wet with rain water or distilled water
Less water in winter, but still damp
The alkalinity of tap water kills them
They tend to die back in winter
Propagation
• Drosera often produces side shoots which can
be pulled away gently and potted up
• It produces copious amounts of seed, which
germinate readily
Flower of Drosera capensis
Dried seed pods
Drosera seeds
Drosera seedlings
D. Capensis and jelly
D. Capensis and gelatin
Sarracenia with captured insects
Dissected pitcher of Sarracenia
Dionaea muscipula
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Text and images by Leighton Dann
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