Drosera coccipetala gets its name from the Greek word drosos, meaning dew, while coccipetala means scarlet petaled and refers to the color of the flower petals.
D. coccipetala is known only from one location east of Cape town near the town of Caledon were it grows in soils of sandy loam.
This species is a summer dormant sundew, meaning that it only actively grows in the cooler and wetter months of the year. It survives the extreme dry conditions of the South African summer (November - March) by storing water and nutrients in thick fleshy and fibrous roots.
D. coccipetala is closely related to D.cistiflora and D. zeyheri and forms a rosette with leaves that have a short, 2mm long and 3mm wide, petiole that is free of tentacles. According to the type description, this plant rarely has 1-2 leafs on the flower stem The lamina is 15 – 23mm long and 3,5 – 4,5 mm wide and only has tentacles on the upper side.
In most cases, the plant only has one flower. The flower color is red with a dark centre. The plants flower in August – September.
Cultivation is not easy. Plants are grown in a peat and sand mix and kept only slightly moist during most of the year. By the end of the summer watering is increased and growth should occur. Watering should be reduced when summer returns.
As D. coccipetala only occurs in a small area near the town of Caledon, it is much under threat for it is not only a small area but Caledon is also a main agricultural area with all the threads that agriculture posses to wild vegetation in place.
It is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. coccipetala are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the genetic variation of this species. If you grow distinct strains of know origin of D. coccipetala that are not in the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, and are willing to donate or sell plants, cuttings or seeds of legally cultivated plants to Ark of Life, please contact the team through the contact page of this website.
If you cultivate D. coccipetala, but are unable to contribute material to the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, however would still like to help save this species, please register your plants with Ark of Life, so that we can develop a breeding program and record all different location forms of this endangered plant in cultivation.
Pictures from Drosera coccipetala from a location at Caledon:
Pictures from Drosera coccipetala in cultivation:
Thanks to Dr. Andreas Fleischmann for providing the last three habitat pictures as well as for providing pictures from his cultivated plants!