Drosera Falconeri

Drosera falconeri –

is a tropical perennial carnivorous plant that grows in alkaline (up to pH=8), calcareous, sandy grey, silty clay soil on the northern coastal areas in Berry Springs, Charlotte River, Darla, Fly Creek, Palmerston, and Wangi of Northern Territory, Australia. It can also be found on Melville Island. The soil is typically found compacted during the winter dry months. D. falconeri also likes light shade and is the reason it can found growing in short grass and small bushes. It can also be found growing in full sun, so it is very fair to say that the species is very versatile with its growing conditions. Although some have had trouble with growing it in cultivation, many have great success despite its reputation for being a very hard plant to grow.

The wide oblanceolate petioles lay very close to the ground and areDrosera falconeri reddish-green, or can become very red when given very intense light. They are hairless on the upper surface but the lower surface margins are pubescently covered with white hairs. The lamina is the widest of all the petiolaris complex with its kidney shape size that can reach 1 1/4″ in width (although I have seen larger in my own collection). They can also be reddish-green or dark red in color. The lamina has glandular tentacles on the upper surface that are longer at
the edges and shorter in the center while its lower surface is covered with pubescent non-dendric hairs. This combination of both wide petioles and wide lamina gives D. falconeri a very familiar appearance to the Venus flytrap.

One or two racemose inflorescences are produced per plant and are usually 3.1 inches long and usually produce 10 -15 pink or white flowers in various sizes. It typically flowers from May to June. Drosera falconeri was first discovered by a Mr. Falconer, the person from whom the species was named.

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