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Family Droseraceae

Drosera spatulata Common sundew

One of the two common members of this family of carnivorous plants in Sydney, this plant has a basal rozette of reddish leaves adorned with small tentacles on which drops of sticky liquid are placed. The flowers are white or pink, and arise from a long stem from the middle of the rozette.

Flowering: Late spring and summer

Habitat: swamps and other permanently wet patches in heath or forest, on sandy soils. Often found on the side of walking tracks or roads where water accumulates after rain.

Distribution: Common along the coastal zone from north Queensland to Victoria, also in Tasmania; New Zealand and the rest of Asia.

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