Drosera hookeri, a Sundew
Drosera hookeri belongs to the Droseraceae family. Members of the genus are commonly known as Sundews.
D. hookeri, in common with all Sundews, is a carnivorous plant that traps insects on specialised hairs carried on the margins and upper surface of the leaves. The hairs are known as tentacles. The soluble parts of the prey are absorbed by enzymes released by the tentacles.
Sundews are found in or around boggy areas.
D. hookeri is a small, yellowish green herb that has a white tuber enclosed by a black sheath. The leaves form a flat rosette consisting of about ten circular leaves armed with a dense array of tentacles. In spring white, sometimes pink, flowers are carried on a stalk about 15 centimetres long.
D. hookeri occurs in the eastern areas of NSW as well as Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
The genus name is from the Greek, “droseros” meaning dewy referring to the glistening of the glandular hairs. The species name commemorates Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911).
Propagate from seed.
Warren and Gloria Sheather