|Carnivorous plants, such as the clump of|
Cephalotus at the lower right, often grow
in boggy marshes.
|Cephalotus follicularis is a pitcher plant endemic to Australia. It is not related|
to the pitcher plants in the genus Nepenthes.
|Many species of Australian sundews|
produce their trap leaves along upright
|The bright orange flowers of Drosera hyperostigma are larger than the rosettes|
of trap leaves that produce them.
|Drosera macrantha climbs by using its sticky traps to grab onto supporting shrubs.|
Having satisfied my desire to see the unique pitcher plants, I focused on Drosera, and was soon flabbergasted by the variety of growth forms. There were the tiny rosettes, which were the most familiar form, but also tall forms with leaves spread out along an upright stem. Some of these were even vine-like, using their sticky trap leaves to adhere to the branches of shrubs as they climbed. Later, in the mountains of the east, I would encounter the forking sundew, Drosera binata - a very different sort of beast!
|Drosera menziesii is a climbing species with large|
|Drosera glanduligera forms colonies of golden yellow rosettes with orange flowers.|
|Drosera erythrorhiza has flat, roundish leaves.|
|Drosera erythrocalyx has bright red leaves.|
|I have yet to identify this striking sundew, which forms a tangled mesh of red shoots|
and an occasional bluish flower. It grows on granite seeps in D'Entrecasteaux National
Park at the southwestern corner of Australia.
|Water seeping along this granite slope in D'Entrecasteaux National Park supports |
species of Drosera and Utricularia, along with other specialized shrubs and herbs.
|Drosera binata (bottom of picture) grows along a stream in the Snowy Mountains of|
New South Wales.
|The leaves of Drosera binata split several times. The ends of|
the leaf segments unroll like fern fiddleheads as they grow.
|Drosera adelae occurs along Australia's|
east coast. The conspicuous sticky drops
at the tips of specialized hairs both
capture and digest insect prey.
Lowrie, Allen. 1987, 1989, 1998, Carnivorous Plants of Australia. Volume 1-3. University of Western Australia Press. Nedlands, Western Australia.