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D. (aff.) eremaea

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Hi all,


I like to share some pictures of what is probably the least cultivated Drosera I grow (I think so since there are only a few photo's on the internet, and some of them show a somewhat different type of plant) and for sure it is the weirdest in my collection.

I have received one or two tubers about 5 or 6 years ago, labelled as D. macrantha.


This is how it starts: a roundish, white tuber (sometimes with some brown spots). If you look really carefully you can see that the surface is covered with small dimples (like a golf ball).



It is usually one of the first tuberous species to appear in the season. First some sort of a rosette is formed and after that a scrambling stem emerges.



First one leave per node, later often followed by a smaller lateral pair of leaves.

The plant grows quite rapidly reaching a length  max 50 cm in about 4 moths time. After that it more or less stops growing and is by  far the first of my tuberous Drosera to retreat.





Nothing really strange so far. But sometimes it doesn't stay with just a lateral pair of leaves, and groups of 4 to 5 leaves are formed 



The stem and the central petiole (mainly at the base) are covered with minute glands.



Leaf with prey. The backside of these leaves are also covered with minute glands (though this season these glands seem to be absent, due to different growth conditions??).



A view at the "rosette". If you look closely you can see some white "runners", it seems that small leaves emerge from it.



Unfortunately the plants have not flowered so far (maybe I should use a kind of ferilizer). Sometimes an additional tuber is formed.



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Hi John,


thanks for sharing pictures of this species. I should be able to add flower pictures soon.

I find it interesting that you write that you observe sometimes the formation of an additional tuber. I actually got the impression that this species is quite good at forming extra tubers. However, I have years in which no plants appear at all and I fully agree that this is not an easy species, at least not for me.


Best regards


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Time for a short update for this topic.
My plants are doing very well this season, the new light set-up (LED's) will probably a role. I have some offspring (though no stolons like the typical D. eremaea), and the plants produced so far a lot of foliage: additional leaves (often an extra set of leaves per node) but also many, short, branches.

But most important: I finally had flowers from D. aff. eremaea




The flower (ca 2 cm across) looks quite different from the regular D. eremaea.....

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