Plants of the Castlemaine District.

Tall Sundew - native (Drosera auriculata)

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Family: Droseraceae (Sundew family).

Tall Sundew is a common plant of the heathy dry forests, often growing in hard stony ground. The leaves have sticky insect catching hairs. Insects caught on the leaves are digested by the sundew.


This sundew has previously been considered a subspecies of Pale Sundew (i.e. as Drosera peltata subspecies auriculata). The differences between Pale Sundew (D. peltata) and Tall Sundew (D. auriculata) are

  Pale SundewTall Sundew
 Basal rosetteUsually presentUsually absent
 HabitatDamp gullies, damp grasslandDry or damp places
 HeightUsually to 20cm highUsually to 35cm high
 SepalsUsually hairyHairless

Photos 1: Dense patch of Tall Sundew. Smiths Reef. 2,3, 4: Kalimna.