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Serra do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, SE Brazil

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Hi there!

Last week I went to the Serra do Ibitipoca, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

These highlands are home of four Drosera species (D. montana, D. tomentosa, D. communis, and the magnificent D. villosa) and also several species of Utricularia and some of Genlisea, which I couldn't found with flowers as it is the beginning of the winter down here and most species flowers during spring and summer.

Some photos:

Drosera communis


Drosera montana


Drosera villosa



Drosera villosa and Utricularia reniformis


Drosera tomentosa var. glabrata


You can check all the photos here:


All the best,

Edited by Paulo Minatel
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Great pics, and a beautiful place too. I miss Ibitipoca! :)

Alex, it's convergence. D.villosa is most closely related with other tetraploid species from Brazil, but then this group is sister to the African group that includes D.capensis.

See this link showing the two species in the Drosera phylogeny.: http://www.amjbot.org/content/90/1/123/F1.expansion.html

Or this one: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cp/EvolutionDrosera.php

Best wishes,

Fernando Rivadavia

P.S. Keep your eyes open for a publication on the D.villosa complex, hopefully over the next few months....

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