Drosera solaris, a new sundew

Filed under: Drosera — David @ 5:58 pm

The original pdf files and infroamtion have been taken from http://www.bgbm.org/willdenowia/willd37/article37214.htm and http://www.redfernnaturalhistory.com/drosera_solaris

A new species of Drosera was discovered in September 2005 in the Pakariama Mountains of western Guyana. It is know from a small plateau in the Pakaraima Mountains southeast of the famous Mt Roraima, which is located at the border of Venezuela, Guyana anmd Brazil.

The new species, Drosera solaris seems to be related to D. felix and D. kaieteurensis, the only other neo-tropical species with cup-like dehiscing capsule.

Excerpts from http://www.redfernnaturalhistory.com/: “This new species is remarkable in that it forms an upright tower of dead leaves atop of which the young foliage grows (somewhat reminiscent of Drosera roraimae). It also produces splash cups as a mechanism of enabling seed distribution and characteristically consists of spectacular orange, yellow leaves which possess bright red laminas and sticky glue-secreting tentacles. These ‘bi-coloured’ leaves are unique among all known South American species of Drosera.

The specific epithet ’solaris’ denotes the Greek ’sunny’ or ’sunloving’ which was chosen to illustrate the bright and colourful appearance of this species and the fact that it has so far only been discovered growing in sunny, open glades in clearings within cloud forest habitat.”

Read the pdf here: drosera-solaris



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