Drosera glabripes is a South African, perennial plant of 20 – 30 cm high that is found mainly in mountain areas in the South-western part of the cape from the peninsula to Bredasdorp.
The name comes from the greek word drosos, meaning dew and glabripes means with a glabrous stem.
It’s found in sandy soils at higher altitudes, often growing in areas that have frequent mist.
Drosera glabripes has a decumbent stem; only the upper part is erect. The stem is densely covered with the old reflexed, hard petioles and stipules. Leaves are closely imbricate with petioles of 2,5 cm long. The stipules are large, 1 cm, and orange- brown. Lamina is obovate, up to 1 cm long and 5 mm wide with the long, knob-shaped tentacles densely arranged along the margin.
The plant forms one or two flowers capes of about 10 cm long that grow from the leave axils at the top of the plant. Each scape produces 6 -12 flowers in December-January that are large and reddish-purple in color.
Cultivation is not too easy, it should be kept damp but not wet in a 70/30 sand (or perlite) and peat mix.
As the plant is much it is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. glabripes are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the genetic variation of this species. If you grow distinct, known location strains of D. glabripes 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 Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection team through this contact page of this website.
If you cultivate D. glabripes, 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
Form from the Silvermine Nature Reserve
Form from the Betty's Bay Area
Form from the Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Thanks to Dr. Andreas Fleischmann for providing the flower pictures from his cultivated plants!