: Cape Sundew – Drosera capensis – Carnivorous Plant 3″ Pot: Garden & Outdoor. The Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis, is a very easy-to-grow carnivorous plant with strap-like leaves, loaded with red tentacles that slowly move in on its prey. Drosera capensis (the Cape Sundew) is the most common sundew in cultivation, since it is so easy to grow (once it is given favorable conditions). Drosera.

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This sundew has never flowered for me. Very hard to permanently kill once established. It is not easily killed by temperature extremes of a short duration, and is generally a forgiving plant to grow. If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not capeensis further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position. Cape sundew Scientific classification Kingdom: Tiny black seeds are formed in the capsules.

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Aphids, mealy bug and thrips cause deformity in new growth. Retrieved from ” https: Extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn. View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus. The plant has a tendency to retain the dead leaves of previous seasons, and the main stem of the plant can become quite long and woody with time.


The roots of Drosera capensis are long and thick- perfect for cuttings. Drosera capensis ‘Red’ not fed grown under lights behind the typical form of D. The secretion acts on the one hand as a visual signal, as it shines in the sun and shines through the red tentacle tip, on the other hand, it is also a chemical attractant that attracts insects. If temperatures briefly drop below freezing, or if the media dries out completely in the warmer months, the vegetative growth above the ground will die.

Drosera capensis

Leaves will curl and fold drosega around food within a few hours. Introduction Glistening dewdrops adorn the strap-like leaves of the sundew, enticing insects to their deaths. High ambient humidity allows the preservation of mucilage.

The absorption of nutrient stakes place via the red tentacle tips, where the secretion itself is produced. Drosera gets its name from the Greek word, drososmeaning dew.

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The flowers can self-pollinate upon closing and produce copious quantities of very small, spindle-shaped seeds, which are released from the capsules that form when the flowers have died. Most forms of D.

If a victim has caught in the secretion of the tentacles, then all the tentacles near the victim align themselves on this, until at some point the whole leaf has wrapped around the animal.

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Watering and keeping the plant ca;ensis will revive them. It can also be grown outdoors in South Africa in a bog garden or as a semi-submerged pond plant. Forms drsera stalk over time.

The ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light. There is speculation that the fluid is slightly sweetly scented to attract insects. In early summer or late spring, D.

Dense fringes of tentacles occur on the margins while fewer and shorter tentacles occur in the centre. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet?

Retrieved 18 January Give Drosera capensis subtropical cspensis. It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth. Dew production may stop after transplanting or if the leaf comes into contact with inquisitive hands.

When insects are first trapped, the leaves roll lengthwise by thigmotropism toward the center. Drosera capensis grow in most sizes of pots.