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Genus: Drosera (sundews)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Droseraceae

Drosera hilaris in Mesic Mountain Fynbos, Kleinmond Nature Reserve (Western Cape, South Africa).

About 80 species (cosmopolitan), with 20 species native to southern Africa and a further six species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Drosera acaulis


Drosera admirabilis


Drosera affinis


Drosera alba


Drosera aliciae


Drosera burkeana


Drosera capensis


Drosera cistiflora


Drosera collinsiae


Drosera cuneifolia


Drosera dielsiana

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Drosera glabripes


Drosera hilaris

Drosera indica

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Drosera madagascariensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Drosera natalensis


Drosera pauciflora


Drosera ramentacea


Drosera regia


Drosera slackii


Drosera trinervia


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Drosera adelae

Native to Australia.


Drosera binata

Native to Australia and New Zealand.


Drosera capillaris

Native from the USA through to South America.


Drosera hamiltonii

Native to Australia.


Drosera peltata

Native from India to Australia.


Drosera pygmaea

Native to Australia and New Zealand.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Nkonki, T. 2003. Droseraceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 420-421. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. 


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