Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Drosera adelae F.Muell.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Habit and flowers. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1864) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4(27): 154, t. XXXIII. Type: Dalrymples Creek, Rockingham Bay, Qld. Dallachy.

Common name

Lance-leaved sundew; Sundew, Lance-leaved


Rosette herb with a short stem and fibrous roots, forming mats.


Leaves crowded, narrowly lanceolate, 10-25 cm long on short petioles, glandular above and on the margins but glabrous below; stipules adnate to petiole, 5-6 mm long and fimbriate, brown. Glands reddish.


Scape 1; flowers are borne on a one-sided raceme 20-35 cm long, 10-20 -flowered; rachis mostly woolly but nearly glabrous in some plants; bracts linear, 1-2 mm long; pedicels 5-10 mm long. Calyx deeply 5-partite, green, lobes broadly lanceolate, acuminate, 2.5-3 mm long and lengthening in the fruit to 4-5 mm long. Petals broadly ovate, acute and 2-3 mm long, red. Stamens with broad, emarginate connective, anthers pale red. Styles 3, bipartite with broadly bilobed stigmas, stigmas pale red, ovary green.


Capsule 4 mm long. Seed subglobose, pitted and black when mature.


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Distribution and Ecology

An endemic species that occurs in a restricted area in NEQ from Tully southwards to Hinchinbrook Island. Altitudinal range from 50-800 m. Occurs on creek beds and on moss-covered rocks along creeks in rainforest, open forest, mesophyll vine forest and in Eucalypt forest.

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