Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Drosera lunata Buch.-Ham. ex DC.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flower and buds. © R. Fryer
Flower and buds. © R. Fryer
Fruit. © R. Fryer
Leaf [not vouchered]. © R. Fryer
Basal leaves. © R. Fryer
Flowers, fruit and habit [not vouchered]. © R. Fryer

Candolle, A.P. de (1824) Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 1: 319. Lectotype : Nepal: ‘in India Orientali circa Sembu’, Buchanan s.n., 19 July 1802 (BM752951).

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Perennial herb with tuberous roots and a vertical stolon 4-6 cm long, stem erect, sparsely branched, 15-70 cm long, glabrous.


Lowest leaves in a flat rosette, lamina orbicular-reniform, 2-6 mm diam. with a petiole 3-10 mm long, lowest leaves sometimes reduced to linear prophylls; cauline leaves alternate or in clusters: lamina crescentic-orbicular with acute lobes, 4-6 mm diam., peltate on slender petioles 2-9 mm long, with long glandular-tipped hairs on margin.


Inflorescence a terminal raceme, 3-10 mm long, 2-8 -flowered, glabrous; peduncle usually 5-19 cm long; pedicels 4-12 mm long. Sepals obovate-elliptic, obtuse, dentate, 3-6 mm long and glabrous. Sepals obtuse, dentate, glabrous; petals obovate, obtuse, 5-8 mm long and all shades from white to pink; styles 3, dichotomously much branched and fan-shaped.


Fruit within a persistent calyx. Seeds 0.65-0.9 mm long with thin raised parallel ridges on the testa.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 380-460 m in Queensland but up to 1350 in VIC. Grows in moist and swampy places in rain forest, open forest, Eucalypt forest and Eucalypt woodland. Also occurs in Asia.

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