Drosera pauciflora is a summer dormant species that occurs in the South-western Cape where it grows in the Fynbos vegetation. Its name comes from the Greek word drosos, meaning dew, while pauciflora means few-flowered referring to the only 1 -3 flowers this plant produces.

It is locally common in area around Darling, Paarl and Stellenbosch but limited to this area.

D. pauciflora only grows in the wetter months of the year, surviving the dry summer with the aid of his thick roots that store water and nutrition.

The plant grows as a compact rosette. The leaves are sessile, with widening narrowly obovate lamina of about 2,5 cm long and 8 mm wide.

The flower scape is up to 20 cm high and carries 1 – 3 flowers that are pink or mauve with a deep olive green base. Petals are up to 3 cm long, making this plant together with D. cistiflora the species with the largest flowers in the genus. The plant flowers in August-November.

Cultivation is not easy. Soil is a standard peat and sand mix of 50/50. The plant should be kept light, wet and cool in winter. In spring the soil mixture should be allowed to dry to just moist.

It is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. pauciflora are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the natural variation this species. If you grow distinct strains or location forms 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 this contact page of this website.

If you cultivate D. pauciflora, 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 location forms of this critically endangered plant in cultivation.

plant from Darling

plant from Darling

plant from Darling

plant from Darling

 

plant from Darling