Re: Whats the largest species of Drosera? Also Q. on Neps....

From: Phil Wilson (
Date: Mon Nov 15 1999 - 03:05:21 PST

Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 11:05:21 +0000
From: Phil Wilson <>
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Subject: Re: Whats the largest species of Drosera? Also Q. on Neps....

> I know I'm new to plants, but what is the biggest sundew species and how
>large does it grow? Also, how hardy are they?

Depends how you measure size. In terms of area D. regia and D. gigantea
will probably contend the prize for largest plant though some of the
larger D. binata and D. binata var. dichotoma would also be in with a
chance. In terms of straight height gained some of the clambering
tuberous species are clear winners. Some species such as D. pallida or
D. macrantha can reach between 1.5 and 2 metres height but only produce
very thin wiry stems.

Drosera can be found throughout the world so hardiness depends on the
species. Drosera from the temperate regions form tight winter resting
buds and will survive temperatures well below zero for long periods.
Others from warmer regions are less likely to be hardy. Obviously
species from tropical areas require constant warm conditions throughout
the year.

Phil Wilson
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