Drosera ericgreenii gets its name from the Greek word drosos, meaning dew, while the second part of its name honors Eric Green, a famous South Africa carnivorous plant expert that was instrumental in the discovery and description of many species.
D. ericgreenii is a winter growing perennial plant, known only from one location in a small area of Fynbos near Franschhoek in the Western Cape Province. Here it grows in the shade of shrubs and rocks.
The soil is rather dry and sandy.
The plant is similar to D. hilaris being distinct from it by, among other points, having tentacled glands also on the margins of the leaf. D. erickgreenii grows about 50 cm high. Its leaves are rosulate or closely imbricate and are narrowly oblanceolate, about 7 cm long and 9 mm wide. The petiole is confluent with the lamina. New leaves grow more or less vertical, where as old and dead leaves remain on the plant.
The flower scape is about 25 cm long and grows from the base of the plant (D. hilaris grows its scape from the centre of the plant).It has 6 to 12 flowers of a reddish color with petals of about 10 mm long.
Cultivation is not easy. The plant requires a deep pot of about 30 cm deep with a 50/50 mix of sand and peat. It should be kept damp but not wet year round. Most importantly, it needs cool temperatures, especially on the roots.
The limited range of this species and its location near a main agricultural (grapes) centre account for its threatened status.
It is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. ericgreenii are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the genetic variation of this species. If you grow distinct strains of know origin of D. ericgreenii 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. ericgreenii, 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.
Thanks to Dr. Andreas Fleischmann for providing the flower pictures!