Drosera affinis Welw. ex Oliv.

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Synonyms: Drosera flexicaulis Welw. ex Oliv.
Common names: Sundew (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb with a stem up to 23 cm long. Leaves alternate, clustered towards the apex of the stem, mostly erect, narrowly oblanceolate-oblong, 0·3–3 cm long, glandular around the margin of the upper surface, hairless or sparsely hairy beneath; stipules 0·3–1·3 cm long, lacerated at the apex; petioles very slender, 0·5–7 cm long, hairless or very sparsely hairy. Peduncles 1–4, 8–30 cm long, arising laterally from the stem, then curving to become erect, grooved, hairless. Inflorescence a 3–13-flowered raceme; pedicels 2–10 mm long, hairless or sparsely hairy; bracts linear to elliptic, 3–5 mm long, falling early. Sepals 5, oblong-lanceolate, 5–7 mm long, hairy. Petals 5, 5–8 mm long, white or purple.
Notes: Similar to the more common D. madagascariensis. See Key to species for differences.
Derivation of specific name: affinis: related to or allied to
Habitat: In marshes and swamps.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Katanga DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N
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Laundon, J.R. (1978). Droseraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 66 - 67. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Drosera affinis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Drosera affinis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124740, retrieved 21 April 2024

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