Rosette Sundew identification

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Hello, I brought a mixed seed pack of drosera a year ago to start off my new hobby. In the mixed seed list, it listed that it included seed from D burkeana, burmannii and spatulata.

I have been assuming these are all spatulata as that seems to be more common?

The top left drosera in the photo is especially interesting to me as I think it may be a different species to the rest of them. It doesn’t produce much dew and it grows much faster and bigger than the rest of the plants.

perhaps they are hybrids of spatulata.


I would be very keen on any insight you could give me on the fascinating plants

Thank you for looking in


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yes, the four plants are probably D. tokaiensis. The one in the upper left could be something south african. Please post a picture of the open flower if you can catch it. This helps with identification. Just from the rosette it is more/less guessing. It doesn't typical for any of the rosetted species and could also be a hybrid.


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Hi, I cut the flowers of usually ascot flowers so often but will save them next time. 

interesting that your first thought is a tokaiensis as that wasn’t in the list of seed. But I get that I could of been sold hybrid seed.

thanks for your reply 

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If D. spatulata was on the list it is not unusual, that they are in fact D. tokaiensis. These two are often mixed and D. tokaiensis is the one that most people have without knowing it.

D. tokaiensis has a rounded lamina and more/less round and straight petioles (like your plants) while in D. spatulata the petioles go gradually into the lamina (similar to the plant in the upper left).

If you google you will find lots of plants that look totally different and are called D. spatulata. That's because noone really revised all those plants. There are probably some new species amongst all plants we currently call D. spatulata.

The ICPS has a good site about this complex with lots of pictures and information. It is here:


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Fascinating read. I didn’t realise there was such hybridisation, they surely are resilient little plants able to adapt readily to their habitats.

my plants share similarities to Drosera spatulata var. bakoensis also but I’m guessing that particular plant is a lot less common amongst growers than tokaiensis 

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