Drosera cuneifolia gets its name from the Greek word drosos, meaning dew, while cuneifolia means wedge shaped and refers to the shape of the leaf.
Drosera cuneifolia is a rosette forming perennial that only occurs in the Cape area. Specifically, it is only found at two locations in the Table Mountain National Park. This limited area makes it a highly endangered species as every change to this area is likely to eliminate a large portion, if not all, of this species.
D. cuneifolia forms a rosette of about 3 cm high and up to 15 cm across. The broad, wedge shaped leaves have no petioles and are up to 7 cm long.
The up to 15 cm high flowers cape bears up to 20 pink to reddish-purple flowers that are capable of self pollination.
The plants from the two locations are a bit different. Generally, plants from Silvermine are a bit larger and have in some cases undalting leaf margins. Also, these plants tend to go dormant during summer, while those from the Table Mountain are in most cases growing year round. Drosera cuneifolia from the Table Mountain flowers, at least in the authors cultivation, about a month earlier (April), than the form from Silvermine (May). Due to the very large root system, this species prefers the deepest available pots. If plants die off in summer, keep the pots a bit more dry. Besides this, it is an easy grower.
It is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. cuneifolia are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the genetic variation of this species. If you grow distinct strains of know origin of D. cuneifolia 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. cuneifolia, 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.